‘Back to the Drive In’ - Saturday 26th February 2011
Where do you start reporting an event that has so many great aspects that any review will end up reading like a novel! So in an attempt to keep things simple, here’s an attempt to cover what happened.
- Over 400 pre’75 street rods, muscle & chrome bumper classics cruised in. There were also a good number of later model ‘future classics’ like Corvettes and Mustangs.
- Trade stands, kids games and a try out on the Segways to check out.
- Dirty Boogie’s Show Band provided great sounds as always. This group gave up a Saturday night ‘paid’ gig, to play for our fund raising efforts for no charge. An all round ‘class act’!
- A ‘Best Dressed’ Contest, and was it competitive. Elvis, the roller skating girl from Mel’s Diner and way too cute kids. Glad I wasn’t judging!
- Lots of Car Clubs attended. Corvette Club, Southern Beaches, Chevy and Buick Clubs to name just a few. Thanks for cruisin’ in.
- A monster charity auction conducted by the auction team from Shannons. Thanks to some spirited efforts to extract funds from reluctant bidders [not really, most bidders could not disguise their willingness to stick their hands up] the auction raised $8000. A big thank you to all the businesses and individual who generously donated goods and services. A big thank you to the Shannons team and of course a big thank you to all those that bid. There were some real bargains so winners all round.
- There was a ‘Silent Auction’ for all those who like to avoid the pressure of the real thing. Again more bargains for the astute, but quiet bidders.
- We worked hard to locate the many entrant’s whose ticket numbershad come up in the entrant’s giveaways. We finally managed to connect each lucky winner with a prize.
- At 7:30pm the action really hotted up. First up was the awarding of the event’s Best Presented Award. Darren Pelacchi’s immaculate 1958 Corvette got the judges nod. See the Best Presented web page for the details about this great ride.
- Then it was time to pass over the cheque from our last Peninsula Cruise Night’s fund raising effort to the ASRF State Director, Bruce Helms. The $800 raised will be added to the ‘Rodders helping Rodders Fund’ that the ASRF operate to help Rodders when impacted by adversity. And there’s been plenty of that of late.
- Then it was time to draw three LGC Cruiser subscribers’ names out of the box to see who was going to take home one of the three $1000 prizes up for grabs. 81 your old George from Mt Martha was the first name out, followed by Peter from Hoppers Crossing then Graeme from Hastings. With Peter in the USA at present it might take a few days to work which winners will end up with what prize. Stay tuned.
Then it was time for the biggie! We’d been teasing car enthusiasts for months by displaying the ‘Hot Rod’ pack 350 Chevrolet crate motor that was 1st prize in our summer raffle. The winning ticket was drawn by Tony Sewell representing the major sponsor Eagles Auto Parts.
The Western suburbs boys cleaned us out! Congratulations to you all and thanks again to our sponsors and everyone who purchased a ticket knowing that 100% of the proceeds were to be donated to charity.
- 1st Prize was won by ticket #00644 held by John from Melton Vic.
- 2nd Prize Was ticket# 00719 held by Peter of Hoppers Crossing.
- 3rd Prize was ticket# 00694 held by Brian of Kingsville.
The part we like best is supporting the many charities that work with children, ‘young and older’ in our community. The driving force behind this fund raising effort, John & Raelene Leggo presented cheques for $6000 each to representatives of The Mirabel Foundation, The Menzies Foundation and The Variety Club. We know these funds will make a difference to what these dedicated people can achieve.
Then it was time for some more Dirty Boogie, a bit of dancing [did I mention the dance floor provided for the night?].
The daylight started to disappear and dusk arrived like it does only at a Drive In Theatre.
The movie show started with cartoons, old newsreels and advertisements.
The feature movie ‘American Graffiti’ then started for the first time on a big screen anywhere in Australia in over 20 years.
Then it started to rain!! Well drizzle really. Has there been a car event this summer that hasn’t been impacted by rain or wet? Not many I’ll bet.
You know what? Back to the Drive In had been such a hoot the drizzle just didn’t seem to matter.
- Our hosts from the Dromana Drive In – Paul & Shelley
- The Shannons team
- The Dirty Boogie Show Band
- Eagle Auto Parts
- Michael’s Trailers
- The Bow-Tie Garage
- Turtle Wax
- ACDelco & Preston Motors Parts Sales
- Super Ausam Hot Rod Products
- Bayside Customs in Hastings
- APS in Frankston
- Southern Shopfitters Mornington
- Radiator workshop Mornington
- Hoppers Stoppers Hoppers Crossing
- Ferntree Gully Holden
- BDS Panels Mornington
- Fast Fit Mornington
- Tyres & More Mornington
- John Matthews Signs
- Bayside Landscapes Mornington
- Park Lane Holiday Parks
- Buff n’ Stuff Mornington
- Magoo Doors Traralgon
- Colin Warrel Auto Service
- Mornington Peninsula Windscreens
- State Wide Tanks
- Harba Restaurant Mornington
- Johnny Z’s
- Roger Thomas Jewelers Mornington
- Cruzin Magazine
- Graffiti Publications
- Nepean Music Mornington
- F & S Auto Parts Rosebud
- Nunawading Master Chrome Plating
- Michael Bogart
- Tint a Car Mornington
I hope I haven’t missed anyone, as there’s been a large contribution from many individuals and businesses to make this all happen.
Thanks to our ‘Retiring’ LGC members, John & Raelene Leggo for their tireless efforts to bring this event to life.
And the hard working LGC team that worked nonstop all night to host a truly memorable and rewarding event.
To all the entrants, thanks for cruisin’ along and making this a great night out. Even the late evening drizzle couldn’t dampen it!
Here are some photos to enjoy. Look for this event to be covered in Cruzin magazine and Rodders Life on Foxtel sometime in the future.
Winners 2010-11 Cruiser Grand Prize Draw
At ‘Back to the Drive In’ held at the Dromana Drive In on Saturday February 26th, we drew three LGC Cruiser’s names from a bin containing all 600+ LGC Cruisers subscribing this year.
There were three prizes on offer, all valued at around $1000 each.
The prize allocation works just like picking off a prize table, George chooses his prize first, the Peter then Graeme. Peter is in the USA at present [you can follow his exploits on our web site] and it’ll be a few days before we can finalize which prize is going where. We’ll update everyone when we’re finished this prize process. Congratulations to our three lucky Cruisers.
- The first name drawn was Cruiser # 377 – George Robinson from Mt Martha
- The second name drawn was Cruiser # 347 – Peter Koning from Hoppers Crossing
- The third name drawn was Cruiser # 588 – Graeme Davis from Hastings.
Back to the Drive In 2011 Best Presented Winner
As busy as we all were hosting this event, we did spot a number of deserving candidates for the Best Presented Award at the Dromana Drive In. Darren Pelacchi caught the judges eye as he cruised through the Drive In’s gate in his immaculate and ‘improved’ 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. This Black and Silver stunner is fitted with ’91 Corvette driveline and 18” Boyd’s to fit over the late model discs. It rides and steers with the help of coil over’s and power steering. In other words, if you’re really setting out to enjoy cruisin’ in an early ‘Vette, this is the way to go. Darren’s car was beautifully turned out and he took home a bucket filled with car care products to keep it that way. Congratulations Darren.
Summer 2010-11 Fund Raiser Raffle
Approved by the Victorian State Raffles Board
Minor gaming permit no: 10045/11
Winning Tickets Drawn at 7pm February 26th at Dromana
- 1st Prize – Ticket #00644 – John Shepheard from Melton Vic
John wins a new 350 CI Chevrolet Engine
- 2nd Prize – Ticket #00719 – Peter Koning from Hoppers Crossing Vic.
Peter wins a new 6x4 trailer
- 3rd Prize – Ticket # 00694 – Brian Morley from Kingsville Vic.
Brian wins an AmPro Tool Chest
Photos Shelly Duyvestyn and Grame Hutson