Mid-Winter Cruise 2007
If you’re going to hold a Cruise on the 1st of July and give it the name ‘Mid Winter Cruise’, you probably have to expect some wintery weather! Well that’s exactly how the morning of the 2007 Cruise shaped up. With cold and wet weather the week before, a wet soaking night of rain and a forecast of showers continuing for the day, yep, it’s winter all right. So how many hardy car enthusiasts would shrug all that off and come cruising anyway? Lots.
This year we added a third cruise start point from the Chirnside Park Shopping Centre, and it proved popular with 35 entrants starting out for Healesville from there. The cruise from Mornington led by the Mid Winter Cruise organizers, Rohan & Leanne Hutson, had 20 entrants join up with another 20 starting out from Narre Warren. Fortunately he rain eased off and the cruise up through the rolling countryside from Pakenham, through Cookatoo and Woori Yallock, and on to Healesville was a ‘wiperless’ affair. The trivia questions received at each registration start point, also kept entrants occupied along the way.
With 80 plus cars converging in Healesville, joined by another 20 entrants registering in Healesville, we now knew how many winter cruisers would brave the elements. We also had two ‘snowballers’ [ a snowballer is someone cruising without a roof!! ]. We left a little reward in their cars to recognize their hardy approach to cruising.
With another 50 plus ‘chrome bumper cars’ coming up to check out the cruise, at one stage we had around 150 cars either parked at the Train Station or cruising the Healesville streets.
The craft market adjacent the park we were using for the day attracted many cruisers as did the pull of a hot lunch from one of the many cafes & pubs in the town. Entrants kids were equipped with a scavenger hunt bag and they were quickly off searching for the items listed.
And the rain stayed continued to stay away, with the sun breaking through on occasions.
We had this years Cruiser Grand Prize giveaway 117 Piece Tool Box on display and this helped keep Kerin & Chris busy signing up Cruisers for the 2007/8 subscription year. Remember, all you need to be is a Cruiser for this year to be entered in the draw for this great prize provided by our sponsors, The Bow-Tie Garage.
With the rain clouds darkening we quickly got on with the presentations.
First were the winners of the Trivia Contest. Congratulations to all.
Then we had a worthy recipient for a Let’s Go Cruisin’ ‘Real Car Guy’ award. This award provides the opportunity to recognize the many neat characters that make up our favourite hobby. Bill Duyvestyn looks after this process for Let’s Go Cruisin’ and with an armful of ACDelco goodies to present, Bill announced Steve Heard as the latest recipient.
If you don’t know Steve personally, you’ll recognize his cars, they’re all early Chevs painted bright yellow emblazoned with the Confederate Flag. Steve lives in Alexandria and travels all over the country attending many car events. When not doing that, he’s also busy thrashing in the garage on new projects coming along. Congratulations Steve. He gets a years subscription as a Cruiser [ he’d only just renewed his subscription that morning ], so he’s good to 2009! Congratulations Steve.
Then the kids who’d collected the scavenger hunt items lined up for their prizes. Healesville was left a little tidier as a result!
Then we got on with drawing lucky entrants prizes. They disappeared off the table very quickly.
With that done, it was time to wrap up, with cruise organizers Rohan & Leanne thanking all the hardy cruisers for braving the winter weather.
So yet again we had a answer to the question ‘How many people would turn up in the dead of winter for a cruise’? Answer, plenty did and they all had a good time doing it!
Can you be a ‘snowballer’ next year?
Photos Graeme Hutson