BUNNINGS BBQ RUN REPORT 19th August 2018
Hi everyone, I am honoured to be asked (more like, roped into!), to do a write up on this months’ car
run. I am Jason King’s wife, Janine, and I am pleased to be able to donate some time to this great
To put it bluntly – it was bloody freezing! All helpers would agree with me, but we rugged up and
stood near to the Barbie. But, despite the horrible weather, there were plenty of visitors to Bunnings
Notting Hill that day and a good turn up of members, partners and earlies.
The day started with a tad of anxiety. Jim went to Coles Croydon at 7am to pick up our order of
snags and bread to find that the Coles computer system had crashed and he wasn’t able to pay for
the goods. OMG…what was he going to do? Luckily, quick thinking Jim approached the Manager,
explained the predicament and the lovely Manager let Jim take the goods as long as he left his
license and personal details with him and promise to return in the afternoon to pay for the goods.
Good call Jim – you saved the day!
We had a great team rostered for 2 hourly shifts, starting with an 8am set up consisting of Jim, Kay,
Rod, Derk, Bruce, Garry Hodge and Chris Shepard with the sizzle starting at 9am. I was advised
that it was a bit slow to start with, but after Jason and I arrived for the 10am shift, it really hotted up
with a few long lines at times, that we couldn’t keep up. We even ran out of tomato sauce by then.
Next shift was the midday crew consisting of Ray & Val, Ray & Diane, Gary & Lesley Beardsley and
seeing it was lunch time, it was our best trading hours of the day. Many customers bought a snag
on the way in and then another for the drive home. Even one person bought 4 and asked if we had
foil so he could wrap them up to take home to the family (which we did). Talk about EMHC Uber
The 2pm crew arrived and included Aldo, Andrew and Scott. Jason and I stayed on as it was heaps
of fun chatting to everyone. By this time, Jason and Derk jumped on the tools and typically got up to
no good – as they do! We still did good sales for that mid arvo snack. Quite a few Bunnings
employees purchased from us which was good.
The 4pm shift (pack up crew) arrived early, Chris and Richard Fox. They jumped in the tent and
became front of house for a while. After he was advised that very few cold drinks were sold, Richard
decided to up-sell each $2.50 snag purchase offering a drink for $1.50. We were all laughing at
Richard doing his “Macca’s – want fries with that?” suggestive selling technique, but the joke was on
us – it worked! I would say he sold the same amount of drinks in that time than we sold all day.
We went over time until we sold the last cooked snag – approx.4.30pm. We raised approx. $1000
for the club. I think that is a great effort considering the dreary weather. Many customers were taken
at how gorgeous the cars were. We had a total of 9 earlies turn up and on display. Scotty’s car made
its’ debut on a club run, with its’ stunning paint job and interior. Even a female Bunnings staff member
came up to a few members and enquired how to hire a few cars for her wedding in early 2020.
Additionally, we had a man named Ashley and his partner come up and chatted about how he
purchased an FJ Sedan a few weeks ago. He showed pictures of it on his mobile and a few members
recognised it as the late Joe Brouns, sedan of the Melbourne Chapter. Ashley is a local and took an
EMHC application form, so we hope to welcome him in the near future.
A massive thank you to all who volunteered at Bunnings on such a lousy, wet day. 26 members
attended some with wives, made the job very easy. Thanks also to Kaye for the yo-yos & slices,
we all helped get them down.
Regards, Janine Hallett (King)
Members with earlies
Geoff & Lyn Ogden
Gary & Lesley Beardsley
Jim & Kaye Bishop
Ray & Val Daggers
Ray & Diane Eaton
Jason & Janine King