Santa Cruz 2015
We tweaked this year’s Santa Cruz a little by moving the date to the 1st Sunday in December. This was largely driven by the proposed building works expected to reduce the car park spaces available for our use. We were also aiming to kick off a little earlier than possible on a Tuesday night enabling all the kids to get to bed a little earlier.
Did it all go to plan. You’ll have to judge how it worked for you and your family but we think the change delivered what we’d planned. With 200+ cars cruising in last Tuesday then another 300+ at Santa Cruz the numbers provided two cruise nights in the one week, we even managed to convince Santa to come on Sunday [he’s a 24/7 type of guy]. We were missing the Shannons Super Rig this year, as it was interstate and not available. No problem, we set up the LGC camp opposite the Sober Mule Café, completely surrounded by prize hampers in the night’s charity raffle. Rick Charles fired up the night with some songs and Louise, the award winning face painter was soon decorating young faces and Santa Cruz was off and running. Cars cruised in, the crowd built up, the café and the BBQ were humming along. The weather appeared a bit threatening for a while but held off as forecast. Way better than the previous Tuesday. The excitement was building as the kids looked for Santa Claus to arrive.
Arrive he did in his inimitable style, sitting up in a 65 Chevy convertible, ringing bells in both hands, hi fiving kids as he cruised around the car park on his way to his special seat. By the time he arrived and climbed out of his car, kids and adults were lined up to greet & meet him. Lots of secret discussions then followed. After a solid 45 minutes and the last very patient child had pitched his wish list to him, it was time to depart. Santa being the Rock star that he is left in the same way he arrived. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Thanks Santa for making our Santa Cruz a special event for so many.
Presentations quickly followed, with donation cheques presented to Cherri on behalf of the Variety Club and to Mandy on behalf of Aussie Helpers. When we tally up the nights fund raising effort we hope to be able to make some more donations at upcoming cruise nights.
With many LGC Cruisers present, we had arranged for two prizes in the night’s Cruiser draw. A hamper filled with goodies along with a $300 voucher for a dyno tune at Chev’s Performance in Carrum Downs, and a smaller package that included a solid silver hot rod key ring crafted by Roger Thomas Jewellers in Mornington. Both prizes included the $100 note that Cruisers look forward to taking home at every LGC event. First prize went to our very latest Cruiser subscriber who signed up earlier in the night. Very good return on his investment. It was then time to draw winners for all the hampers in the prize pool. First ticket out and no winner? The holder of this ticket had left! Made the holder of the redraw pretty happy though. They must be still finding stuff in the huge esky they struggled off with. With 5 more runner up hampers made for plenty of happy faces with winners trying to fit prizes into their cars for the trip home.
Another Santa Cruz had again come and gone. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoy hosting it.
Our thanks to the following for their generous support of another memorable Santa Cruz.
· Tyres & More Mornington
· Roger Thomas Jewellers Mornington
· Meguiar’s & Liqui Moly
· Chev’s Performance
· Leisa Freeman for making the raffles Christmas Tree
· Tony & Jan for providing Santa’s sleigh
· The Peninsula Homemaker Centre
· Creative Custom Cars
And of course our wonderful Santa!
Finally, the hard working crew at Let’s Go Cruisin’ wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2016.
On a very sad note, we learned during the event that a fatal accident had occurred involving a well known and much respected couple when driving their street rod earlier in the day. Final details surrounding the accident are still to be made public but the team from Let’s Go Cruisin wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family’s involved.
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