Article by Jim Bishop
It was 3pm Friday and we have just arrived at the RACV Goldfields Resort Creswick to find the car park full of new Mercedes Benz cars, thought we might have had the wrong weekend at first? Then the car transporter trucks started to arrive and over the next few hours they were all loaded and gone, I presume there must have been a promotion happening during the week. Just as well they left as our cars would have shown them all up!!.
Kay and I checked into our room then drove into Wendouree to locate the Holden dealer for the following days Scrutineering, we then had look around the area and dinner in Ballarat.
Saturday Morning and we could see people arriving for the event including Peter and Cynthia Charman who had left home at 6.30 am, we meet up with them and decided to go straight to Scrutineering, so of we went with Pete and Cynthia following, all went well until I missed the turnoff to Wendouree so I gave them a guided tour of the lake and surrounding area then onto the Holden dealer, I don’t think Peter believed me when I said that the tour was planned?.
Scrutineering went well and quite quickly as most of the others were still on the road up in convoy, with Jason experiencing some missing hardware on his gearshift, this slowed them down a bit, and I believe not to be outdone our resident axel / wheel problem member Chris had problem with a nut!! coming loose?, you may have to ask him for more details.
We then went back to Creswick township to a cafe for Pete and Cynthia to have a well-earned breakfast, after that Kay and I walked up to the local market and bumped into Ian and Jane and a few others.
Back at the resort it was all action with earlies constantly arriving, we spent a very sociable afternoon in the Bar Lounge with lots of our club members, wives and partners. At 6pm we went to the pre-dinner wine tasting lots of folk participated to sample the wine and cider that was on offer along with tasty nibbles. Then it was 7pm and time for dinner.
Well what a great set up and venue, really well-done lovely dinner and great entertainment engaging a really good magician.
The evening and the auction was hosted by Pappy who is a natural, the auction went really well with Pappy making lots of bids for “Madam President” to encourage higher bids, this worked well until he almost met is match with the person sitting opposite me at our table. The bidding for a particular item was on the up and had reached a high number when this person with a very straight face stopped bidding suddenly leaving Pappy holding the highest bid, he had no choice but to go on and complete the procedure ‘ going once’ ‘going twice’ for the third and last time!! (looking worried) THEN SUDDENLY ONE LAST BID TO LET HIM OF THE HOOK, Well done Gary Hislop!!. So, the night progressed and was enjoyed by all.
Sunday Morning and everyone is out wiping the heavy dew off their cars, then it is time to drive them down to the 18th green and set them up for the show and shine. Lots to see with a good number of cars 72 according to the entrant’s booklet, 20 of those belonging to our club. The weather was cold but dry and with a food truck with coffee and a sausage sizzle we had a great day.
At about 3pm they held the awards presentation to finish of a great weekend.
The results of the Trophies winners are located elsewhere in the mag.
But no weekend can finish without someone having car trouble. Enter Big Trev, Trev had trouble starting his car on Sunday morning that led to it not starting at all in the main car park as he was ready to leave for home Sunday afternoon, the RACV were called only to tell him that he would need to have it towed as they do not do under dash wiring. Just as well one of the other local car club members was there who contacted their auto electrician who came to the rescue, he found burnt out wiring under the dash and temporarily repaired it and recharged his battery from another car and Trev was able to then start his and make it home, those of us who were there Pete Charman, Ray Daggers and myself then went back inside for a nice dinner along with Ian and Jane, then we left on Monday for a quite drive home.
Stay happy and safe Jim and Kay.
Members with earlies.
Gary and Lesley Beardsley
Jim and Kay Bishop
Peter and Cynthia Charman
Peter and Linda Corrigan
Ray and Val Daggers
Trevor and Sue Dempsey
Ray and Di Eaton
Chris and Jane, Libby, Angus, Chloe Fox
Richard Fox Snr & Richard Fox Jnr
Bruce and Lillian Graham
Gary and Judy Hislop
Jason and Janine King, Lennon & Eden
Rick and Jenny Kingsley
Ian and Jane Maclean Neville Mawer Barry Maxted Tim Sells & Michelle Harrex Bob and Dot Stone Scott Woodbridge
Steve and Marie Loxton
Kim and Pamela Small