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3rd Texas Hold'em Poker Cruise 2011
Great weather, a truly special venue, 250 street rods and classic cars and a dozen or so classic wooden boats set the scene for a great day of family fun for fans of what we call ‘chrome bumper’ cars. Back this up with some good entertainment, food and beverage, throw in lots of fun playing the unique Let’s Go Cruisin’ version of Texas Hold’em Poker and where else would you want to be.
With 80 cars registering to cruise at both our two start locations, Speed Parts in Narre Warren and Hoppers Stoppers in Hoppers Crossing and another 70 plus heading directly to the SeaWorks complex right on the water’s edge in Williamstown, we were kept busy squeezing cars in.
The Classic Australian Wooden Power Boat Club [www.cawpba.com] displayed 10 of their ‘water going hot rods’ from the 50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s. One even made it onto the bay and took cruisin to a new level.
After enjoying the choice of food and beverage available from the food stalls and the Pirate’s Tavern it was time to play Poker. A chaotic but fun 30 minutes saw the two hands in play both result in three equal winners. The Red hand with 3 nines and the Blue with 3 Aces. A quick cut of the cards gave as overall winners and all six entrants went home with one of our now famous overflowing Eskys as a prize.
While the adult game winners were being sorted out, the kid’s card game resulted in lots of smiles as prizes were soon picked off the prize table.
We also managed to find a new home for a 4 burner BBQ in our Cruiser prize giveaway.
The LGC members did manage to choose a winner in the Best Presented award. Again lots of great cars to select from but Joe’s immaculate purple Mark II Ford Cortina took the car care products home.
At 3pm, all those entrant’s that decided to enjoy the afternoon staying around put one of their cards from the earlier Poker game into a bucket for the $500 cash giveaway.
Pete from Two Phase pulled the winning card and the matching card was waved furiously by long time LGC Cruiser Ian Johnson. Ian was quick to fire up his Mustang and drove it to the front of the band stage to claim his $500. Big smiles all round.
Our thanks to the SeaWorks Foundation, the members of the Williamstown Maritime Association, the Hobson’s Bay Council, the Rotary Club of Williamstown, The Crew from Hoppers Stoppers, Steve from Speed Parts, The Mornington Crew of the Variety Club and the CAWPBA for helping make this a great day out for the hundreds of car owners, their friends and families as well the many hundreds of people who also enjoyed the display.
With most of the dollars raised from entrant’s registrations and the public gate flowing into the ‘not for profit clubs and organizations’ contributing to this event, your participation will help fund worthwhile community projects or be donated to charities.
Here are some photos to help remind us what a great day out we all enjoyed.
Photos: Josh Clark, Graham Hutson and Shelly Duyvestyn
MORE Photos here from: Peter Koning and Ian Johnson