Mid Winter Cruise 2011
Our sixth Mid Winter Cruise saw a change of destination. This year our two cruises converged on the historic village ‘Old Gippstown’ in Moe in the Latrobe Valley, a comfortable 100 kms cruise from the outskirts of Melbourne. This year’s cruise married up with the new breakfast cruise run by the Thunderbirds Rod & Custom club in conjunction with the Gippsland chapter of the Chev Club. The 40 plus cars that arrived early for the breakfast were soon joined with the cruise starting in Sale to the east of Moe. More entrants continued to arrive and by the time the Melbourne convoy with another 120 cars cruised in around 230 street rods, chrome bumper classics and ‘60’s muscle cars filled the Village, the outside car park and adjoining park land. The weather gods smiled on this cruise again. It rained in the area overnight, but the morning cleared up and the sun eventually showed up. Cruise entrants had an observation quiz to keep the conversation going along both cruise routes.
The Village was soon filled with a great range of cars providing some unique photo opportunities. There were also some good food options with the café humming and the BBQ at the rear smoking. After lunch, presentations kicked off with prizes for all the kid’s activities. Prizes were awarded for ‘Cars’ movie quiz on the cruise, colouring contests and a ‘find the sheep’ hunt in the Villages many displays. Lots of happy kids as they were called up to select items from the prize table.
Then it was the adults turn.
We had one winner of the observation quiz from Sale and six from the Melbourne cruise. We drew one entry from the six and soon had a happy entrant walking away with a Navman and a bag of goodies.
Bill Duyvestyn then announced Dennis Jones from the Thunderbirds as our latest Real Car Guy award winner. Dennis has has been organizing events for car owners to enjoy for many years. If you’ve been to the All American day at Gembrook, the Last of the Chrome Bumpers at Cora Lynn or his latest project at Old Gippstown, then you’ve enjoyed these because Dennis has been a major contributor bringing them to life. Bill presented Dennis with some goodies as a thank you from all of us who have benefited from Dennis’s efforts over many years.
The Best Presented award was then presented to Bob Opperman who had bought along his stunning 1951 Ford Victoria. This Blue and Taupe beauty attracted lookers all day. Bob proved that top quality cars such as his can get out in the winter chill.
We then found four winners from the day’s entrants to take home an arm load of ACDelco merchandise.
The final item on the agenda was the drawing of the five lucky LGC Cruisers each to collect a crisp $100 note.
Winners were Pat Larizza, Michael Dallow, Rod Hoyling, John Coogan & Peter Abdallah. Congratulations. Look out for us doing this draw again at some of our future events.
With the large turnout, we were able to make a $500 donation to ‘Old Gippstown’. This not for profit organization, headed up by Michael Fozard is constantly challenged to find the funds to maintain and operate the Village for the benefit of the whole Victorian community. We were very happy to be able to help Michael’s hard working and dedicated group of volunteers.
Out thanks to the team at ‘Old Gippstown’ for allowing us the use of the Village and its many facilities. The Thunderbirds and the Chev Club for allowing us to piggyback on their breakfast cruise & Ian Johnson for hosting the Sale cruise.
Finally, thanks to all the car owners and their families for again cruisin’ in the middle of winter and making it a successful and enjoyable day all round.
Here are some photos to enjoy.
Cruise Start Point at Narre Warren
Photos: Greg Wapling
Photos: Graham Hutson
Photos: Greg Wapling