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Aussie Muscle Mania: 12th April 2014

On Saturday 12th April we held our 3rd annual Aussie Muscle Car Show at the Heartland Hotels Croydon Lodge car park. As per last year the weather wasn’t exactly coming to the party with a cold southerly ripping through the car park again, however this did not put off the 59 cars we had attended the show.


It was great to see Members from as far as Oamaru come and support our car show. This year we asked for a gold coin donation for entry that would be donated to St Johns who also came along to man the gates and accepted donations from the public. I haven't officially heard back from St Johns but I did hear they took close to $400 for the day, so a big thanks to all who donated.


The car show ran from 10.00am til 2.00pm with most people choosing to stay inside the bar and enjoy a warm meal and a couple of quiet refreshments before we all got ready to head away for our mystery car cruise. Myself and Trumpet jumped into Derek’s Monaro to lead the cruise off (about 35 cars) down Broughton then back up Main St, by then we had realised we had no beer (as I hadn't given clear & precise instructions!) so a quick detour past home and some beers were waiting at the gate for us (what a great wife I have!).


We stopped at the Clinton Pub for our first stop. After Clinton we headed to Wyndham on Mataura - Clinton Rd where there was chance for a few of the cars to stretch their legs a bit. We stopped just before Wyndham to do some circle work in the yard of one of our new members Nigel Marshall before heading to the Wyndham pub for couple more.


We left Wyndham to head back to Gore for prize giving but took a quick detour down Coal Pit road so Bushy could show us what Eagers are good for! Very impressive! Derek’s effort was not so! Valiant 1 - Holden 0.


Then off down the Main Rd where Derek thought he might have the measure on Bushy on the passing lane, Valiant 2 - Holden 0!


Once back at the Lodge we started to hand out the Spot prizes and raffles, this did not go to well as only half the people wanted to listen! Then onto the best of show awards. After all that a few of us stayed on for a few more drinks before calling it a night.


Overall a very enjoyable day with great company. A big thanks to all those who attended and to all the Sponsors and Committee members to whom without this day wouldn't be possible.


Cheers, Shady


P.S. The Committee would like to thank Derek who after 2hrs working the gate he felt he should go home for an hour lunch break.