Drive Back in Time Beechworth 2013
(End of Season Cruise)
Twenty entrants registered for our cruise to Beechworth at the Eastlink Servo on Saturday morning and after most had their caffeine fix were soon headed off. The cruise route saw the cruise convoy passing thru Yarra Glen, Yea then hitting the Hume freeway at Seymour. After a fuel stop in Euroa, the convoy continued on arriving in Beechworth for lunch. Luke & Lisa claimed the ‘hard luck’ award destroying a front tyre. Fortunately fellow Cruiser David loaned them his spare and they were on their way again. One of the many benefits of travelling with other cruisers to an event. Bopping along with chrome bumper cars in front of you and in the rear view mirror is another.
Many cruisers soon found their way to the famous’ Beechworth Bakery’ after arriving. In fact it was well patronized all weekend.
The local club ‘Old Cranks Car Club’ hosted a cruise around the main streets of the town later in the afternoon. Cruisin with an old Fordson tractor in the lineup was a first for most. The street cruise seemed to make most people thirsty & hungry with watering holes proving to be very attractive after the street cruisin wound down.
A group dinner was pre arranged [with a last minute doubling of the numbers] at one of the many pubs & restaurants in the town.
Did I mention the weather? Perfect autumn sunny day and the frost on the cars on Sunday morning promised another sunny day once things warmed up.
The Old Cranks hosted a show & shine in the closed off main street of Beechworth and it soon filled with over 200 cars of all sorts of makes types and years. The close proximity of the show to the local shops, cafes & pubs meant the local economy got a real boost from the shows entrants & spectators. A number of our cruise entrants also picked up trophies as nice memento. Col even won 2nd prize in the raffle.
Given the number of entrants that rebooked accommodation for next year, I’d say we’ll be hosting another cruise to this very enjoyable event. There’s even talk of a cruise starting on Friday morning to lengthen our stay in this very hospitable town.
Our thanks to the members of ‘The Old Cranks Car Club’ for hosting another successful ‘Drive Back in Time’.
Here are some photos taken by our roving photographer Graeme Hutson.