Cruise Night - December 2010
The countdown to Santa Cruz 2010 was interesting as the LGC all checked the latest weather forecasts for the Tuesday. Five days out it was sounding a disaster, with rain and storms. By Monday it was back to showers and a chance of a storm. Hmm! By Tuesday, we we’re all set to cope with whatever the weather did. Cheryl Hutson had again worked tirelessly for days putting the hampers and prizes together for our annual charity raffle. Leanne had produced another great Xmas Tree for the lucky winner. At 3 o’clock and the rain falling all over the eastern suburbs and the peninsula it was looking grim. Thank goodness for weather radar which gave us the confidence to set up and get ready for Santa and the brave entrants who were ignoring the weather.
By 5 o’clock cars were rolling in. At 5;30 they were still rolling in, and by 6:30, the Lifestyle Centre’s car park was rapidly filling. We were very pleased that many chrome bumper enthusiasts chose to cruise in and around 450 cars eventually settled in for a fun night. The food quickly started flowing out of the Sober Mule and off the swim clubs BBQ. After the weather started to clear.
The live entertainer Mushroom soon had lots of kids surrounding him. We had tickets for sale in our Summer Fund Raiser, tonight’s raffle and Back to the Drive In. We also had a new stubby holder to fill a Xmas stocking two.
After keeping the kid’s entertained for an hour it was time for the big red guy also known as Santa Claus to arrive. And as usual did so in style in Graeme’s ’37 Rolls Royce roadster. Once on his special seat kids were soon lining up for a chat with Santa. Santa’s elves were kept busy passing out presents for all the lucky kids.
For the parents, there many trade stands to browse and of course some great cars to check out.
It was soon time for Santa to head back to the North Pole and time for us to start picking some winners of the nights many prizes.
First up was the award for the Best Presented car. Lots of nice well presented cars on show but the nod went to Steve Hillmans very desirable 1972 Plymouth Barracuda. Viper red paint, late model hemi running gear pro toured styled muscle car was a standout. Steve collected a bucket filled with car care products to keep it this way. Congratulations Steve.
Next it was our monthly LGC Cruiser draw. This month we had a couple of surprises for all the Cruisers present. Firstly, long time sponsor of LGC, ACDelco provided all Cruisers a 2011 ACDelco calendar that had just been released the week before.
Secondly, our newest sponsor, Nunawading Master Electroplating had provided an $800 chrome plating voucher. The lucky winner was Cruiser #600 who had subscribed only an hour prior to the draw. Reece was rapt with his win as he’s fixing a HJ Monaro so the voucher was as good as cash. Congratulations.
V8 Supercar driver, Steven Richards joined the presentation area and proceeded to draw out the nights main raffle prize. Steve had just returned that morning from a successful weekend of Supercar racing in Sydney, jumped in his freshly restored 1957 Lincoln coupe with his wife and two children and took it on its maiden cruise to Santa Cruz. He seemed to have that permanent smile that comes from enjoying that first cruise in your new ride. Just Cars magazines did a feature on it so keep an eye out for that.
Back the raffle draws. First prize definitely needed to be won by someone with a big car! A Xmas tree, a VHRA beer fridge, a train set and more all filled the winners ’59 Chevy boot. Steve was on fire as he pulled another five lucky winners out. They had to choose a bike as well as collecting an overflowing esky.
Raelene Leggo announced that all the proceeds from the nights raffle were being donated to the Mornington Park Primary School Breakfast program. This volunteer group provides breakfast and other meals to children who would otherwise go hungry at school. We plan to present these funds at the school next week. In the meantime the weather continued to improve and the end of presentations, the night had turned into a warm pleasant evening that we would have liked from the start Huey!
Lots of people to thank for a cruise night of this magnitude.
- Cheryl and Graeme Hutson for pulling all the Santa Cruz special activities together. Leanne Hutson for providing another great Xmas tree.
- The LGC Pink Slips for preparing presents, prizes, lollies, etc, etc,
- The many sponsors and supporters who generously donated items for prizes and giveaways.
- Santa Claus and all his elves that again put spark into the festive season for us all.
- The hard working LGC crew who managed to stretch themselves to cover the many jobs that an event this big throws up
- Our latest LGC Cruiser Steve Richards for being a good sport in helping with our presentations
- And of course, all the 450+ entrants who said, “stuff the weather” and came along to make this another great Santa Cruz
Here are a few photos from our tireless photographer Graeme Hutson.
Season’s Greetings to all chrome bumper enthusiasts where ever you are.
Police & VicRoads Presence at Santa Cruz
Look for our response to the unwarranted and excessive police presence at Santa Cruz elsewhere on this web site. Why ruin the memory of a great cruise night by discussing it here.