Australia Day Picnic Cruise to Wonthaggi 2006
Hosted by Let's Go Cruisin', street rods and classic chrome bumper cars started rolling into the cruise start point at Tooradin around 9:00am. After grabbing some breakfast and catching up with friends, it was time for cruise captain, Bob Pankhurst to kick start the cruise. Now, remember, the temperature forecast for the day was 40ºC. That's hot, and driving in an older car without A/C even hotter! And while we could understand why many prospective entrants "gave the cruise a miss", those hardy cruisers that came along still made for a successful and fun day out.
The cruise lasted for about 1 hour down the scenic Bass Hwy, when the convoy of around 40 cars met up with a separate cruise from the Gippsland area, and parked in the grounds of the State Coal Mine State Park.
After a welcome from Let's Go Cruisin's Alan Newton, many of the cruisers took the chance to tour the coal mine's heritage site. The entrants raffle got underway and given the temperature, the two ACDelco esky's loaded with drinks and ice along with a couple of folding chairs to lay back on, were the first to be picked off the prize table.
At around 1:00pm, Let's Go Cruisn' with the generous support of it's new sponsor, ACDelco, introduced an award that we hope will become much sort after in the old car hobby. ACDelco have been running a promotion for a year or so called "Real Car Guy". With their support, we have adopted this and put our own criteria to what we believe are the important traits of a "Real Car Guy"
Look for more on this on our web site shortly on the new "ACDelco Real Car Guy" page.
After a quick meeting of the Let's Go Cruisin' team, a winner was unanimously agreed upon. Warwick de King was presented with an ACDelco watch, a key ring [ that unlocks great discounts on purchases of ACDelco products ] and a couple of "Real Car Guy" coffee mugs. I think you'll see from the photos, Warrick was pretty pleased with his award.
More entrants prizes were drawn, the BBQ got fired up, the weather got hotter, and the shade around the BBQ picnic area was well utilized. Games got underway, with an egg and spoon race and roller rocker toss. It was deemed too hot to run the horse race event! Then came the 50/50 which was well supported, especially when it was clear that the winner was to take home half of the pool! The photo of the winner [ Carole ] waving the $'s say's it all.
Although entrant numbers were impacted by the extremely hot day, we still managed to present a donation of $250 to the volunteer group , The Friends of the State Coal Mine.
Thanks to Park Ranger Liz and her team for their help in organizing the day. [ It's a nice location for an outing such as this for any car club type event].
Thanks to our sponsors, ACDelco and Shannons for their support.
Thanks to all the hardy cruisers who shrugged off the heat, came along on the cruise and had a good day out.