2017 was another eventful year for the club!
Please see the below past events for highlights and photos from each event that the club has held this year.
You can also review our past newsletters for stories on the events we have enjoyed in 2017:
Date: 15 Jan 2017
Location: Port Broughton
We had a great turn out for the first cruise of 2017, 18 cars in total. We met at Bunnings Munno Para before heading off and out along Port Wakefield Road towards Port Broughton. We detoured through Kadina due to road works but had a problem free run. We parked along the waterfront and found a shady spot where we all set up for a picnic lunch.
Several members had a game of cricket and a few ventured over to the adult playground where they attempted to do some exercises. Everyone seemed relaxed and enjoying themselves. It was a great day even though the President was confused and told everyone we were going to one place and then took everyone somewhere else.
Date: 28 Jan 2017
Location: Port Lincoln
Our 5 day cruise away to Port Lincoln was so much fun, we met at the Whitehorse Inn before heading out through Port Wakefield towards Port Augusta. We stopped at Whyalla for lunch and a bit of shopping before heading off again. Our final stop was the Coffin Bay Caravan Park where we were all booked in to the lovely cabins.
On day 2 (Australia Day) we held a club breakfast at the caravan park picnic area in the gazebo, we enjoyed bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, snags, toast and coffee. After breakfast we went for a drive through the National Park before heading back to the cabins to freshen up before dinner at the Marina Hotel Port Lincoln. Unfortunately, one of our members became unwell and ended up in hospital, which was not good, but we all kept tabs on her and she recovered enough to make the trip home to rest and recoup and is doing ok.
On day 3 we changed our itinerary and everyone did their own thing, some fishing, some sleeping, some eating ice-cream, some doing nothing at all! We all gathered at the foreshore for a BBQ tea that night, where we enjoyed the beautiful scenery watching the boats come in and the sun go down.
On day 4 it was time to head into Port Lincoln to watch the Tunarama Parade. Here we spent the day walking around, checking out all the market stalls and watching the Tuna tossing. We met up for a late lunch at the Port Lincoln Hotel where we enjoyed our meals in the amazing front room, which opened up to fantastic sea views. Several of the guys finished off the day with a spot of fishing before retiring to bed.
Day 5 was a busy and hot day, we packed up all our goods and chattels before heading out on our way back to Adelaide. We made lots of stops along the way, Streaky Bay and Tumby Bay, before having a longer than anticipated stop at Port Augusta due to a few mechanical problems.
Overall, this trip was one of the most enjoyable trips the club has done, with most members already asking for the next one to be planned!
Date: 12 Feb 2017
Location: Wittunga Botanic Garden
Date: 18 Feb 2017
Location: Thunderbird Slot Racing
A few keen racers met at Thunderbirds for some slot car racing. A great venue with multiple tracks, they kindly arranged a race meet for the club. With 9 racers racing 3 minutes per lane and the winner with the highest total number of laps.
A great fun event for something different, we look forward to the next race meet!
Date: 25 Feb 2017
Location: Port Adelaide
Date: 30 Apr 2017
Location: Edinburgh Air Force Base
The meeting point was the old Bunnings at Munno Para. From there it was a short cruise to the Edinburgh Air Force Base where the show and shine was being held. After a short delay getting in and finding our spot we were all set up and ready to enjoy a day looking at the awesome cars and having a good look at the military museum and riding on the old military vehicles. A big thankyou to everyone attended the event.
Date: 13 May 2017
We had a good turnout for the Mannum Breakfast Cruise even though it was a little chilly and an early start.
We had a good run with only a few bikes out on the Rd, it didn’t take long before we arrived at our destination, the Mannum Motel.
Once we all finished and had a coffee we headed off for a walk along the water front.
Everyone that was out and about were in good spirits, some of our members were in such good spirits they even played in the playground.
We all regrouped in the carpark before saying our farewells and heading off in different directions, some headed North, some headed South and some headed to the shops. A nice morning had by everyone!
Date: 20 May 2017
Location: Adelaide metro and hills
Our 2017 Chocolate Cruise began at Centro Arndale Shopping Centre where we had 11 cars participating.
Our first stop was Magnus Fruit Company where we were greeted by the owners with some delicious Lindt chocolates. Many purchases were made so we had to remind members to “pace” themselves as there were more places to visit. The owners presented us with a box of goodies for the club.
Next stop was Robern Menz at Glynde. We were offered some tasty samples and 10% discount on all purchases. Again everyone bought plenty and the parking was easy!!
Then we travelled onto Haigh’s at Parkside where we met up with 2 more members so now we had 13 cars.
Next stop was Beerenberg Strawberry Farm then onto the Lobethal Bakery for lunch.
A number of members dispersed from here while others travelled a short distance back to Melba’s Chocolates where we were greeted with a sign on the blackboard at the front door welcoming us.
It had been a great day and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did! Once again don’t blame us for any extra calories gained on the day!!
Date: 11 Jun 2017
Location: Fleurieu Peninsula
For this cruise we met at the Mile Home Maker Centre and from there we headed up towards McLaren Vale for lunch. We cruised down Brighton road and then onto the Esplanade. We stopped at one of the lookouts along the Esplanade to enjoy the amazing views and get some photos of our beautiful cars and the ocean. When we arrived at McLaren Vale we visited the Menz Chocolate factory to stock up on chocolate and some famous fruchocs. The staff at the Menz factory were amazing, giving us a brief history of Menz and also some free samples. For lunch we went to the Tin Shed café, the food there was fantastic. After lunch we went for another short drive to The Lloyd Brothers olive grove and winery. The winery had amazing views and a really nice picnic area including a pond. The birthday girl handed out her lolly bags to the people who were leaving. After we left the winery we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have some fun on old Willunga Hill road and through the hills on our way back to Adelaide. A really big thank you to everyone who came along, it was a lot of fun.
Date: 24 Jun 2017
Location: Members Homes
What a great fun night we had on our multicultural progressive dinner cruise!
The red, green and white balloons on the letterbox at the first house marked the start of the evening. Once inside we found photos, useful phrases and words like ciao, grazie, prego etc and of course the delicious pizzas and pasta. We finished off our adventure with an Italian song that we learnt and after lots of laughs and good food we then set off to the next house for Greek mains!
So much more yummy food here, how could we possibly fit in a taste of everything? But we did! We enjoyed stuffed tomatoes, stuffed capsicums, cabbage rolls, halava, fried haloumi, yiros sausages all served with every Greek condiment imaginable. All of this while we listened to Greek music in front of the patio heaters. Wonderful Greek decorations everywhere.
Then, just when we thought we would burst, out came the Aussie sweets; Jelly Slice, Pavlova, and Lamingtons. All while a bit of good old Aussie rock played in the background.
Thank you to all who joined in to make it a great night, enjoyed by hosts and visitors alike!!!!
Date: 05 Aug 2017
Location: Elizabeth Football Club
On the 5th August we held our 2nd Annual Quiz Night Fundraiser at the Elizabeth Football Club hosted by Quizmaster Michael Agostino. It was a full house again which was very pleasing especially when it was so cold and there were so many viruses going around. We had some great silent auction items kindly donated by our members and prizes were a plenty. Everyone got into the spirit of things and you all seemed to enjoy the activities and being challenged with some very tricky questions.
I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Pat Watson from the Elizabeth Football Club who made the venue available and opened the bar on the night for all our thirsty quizzers. Thank you to everyone that attended and made the night a success, this is now one of our main club fundraisers and it certainly keeps us on the map financially whilst having some fun along the way.
Date: 09 Aug 2017
Location: autObarn Gilles Plains
Instead of being at our usual place for our general meeting, we were at autObarn Gilles Plains for a demo night with the guys from Meguiars Motoractive. On the night the guys showed off some of their products and how to use them with a buff machine. After the demo was over the store was opened up to the club members to have a look around and take advantage of some discounts on offer during the night. A big thank you too all the club members that come and made the night a success.
Date: 12 Aug 2017
We had a healthy group of 9 cars set off from Bunnings Parafield for this cruise. Heading down towards semaphore we made our way along the coastline and eventually turning inland and arriving at castle plaza for the initial meet with everyone else at the lifestyle motorsport society where another member met us making 10 cars.
After an hour mingling and looking at all the cars that were parked we set off to Newton shopping centre carpark which was destination 2 of 4 for the night, another 3 members met there. This carpark was very dark which made it difficult to have a look around, most of us decided we had seen enough and dispersed from there. This type of cruise was different to what we are used to but was still enjoyed by all. We will definitely revisit this type of cruise once the warmer months come along with daylight savings as it will be more enjoyable being out and about in the evening!!
Date: 20 Aug 2017
Location: Smiling Samoyed Brewery
On a cold but clear Chicago morning, 9 pilgrims gathered for the journey of a lifetime. The Foodland at Frewville was the meeting point, and even though it was Sunday, Father Pat was in attendance with world traveller Cassie, for the Red Stangs debut run. Amongst the starters were Ben, Pete and Helen, Brett and Declan, Paul and Trudy, Pat and Cassie, Liam (on his second cruise with the club), your hosts Darren and Lauren, along with an interloper in a blue XR6.
We made our way up Glen Osmond Road, then onto the freeway, before turning off at the Stirling exit. We travelled through Aldgate, onto Echunga, Meadows, before hitting what I believe is the best road in SA, Bull Creek Road. I believe it was designed by the makers Forza 4. Long, sweeping bends, hard accelerating corners, but driven responsibly and adhering to speed limits at all times. After all that responsible driving, we needed a break, so pulled over for coffee and twinkles at the shopping centre at Goolwa. It was quite chilly here, and isn't wasn't long before we headed off for a lap of Victor and waited for Matt to arrive after losing the interloper.. Someone had slept in...we then travelled West like the Cowboys did, but instead of searching for gold, we went hunting for a Ferry. After a scenic cruise, we pulled up at Cape Jervis, to witness the ferry just departing.
Another brief stop for coffee, we were surprised that the gift shop sold beanies with New York logos on them. I'm guessing the KI embroidered ones are on sale in NY. 45 minutes later, we hit our destination in Myponga, walked thru the markets, before entering the Smiling Samoyed Brewery. It was a great feast, good company, and we tasted a couple of good brews. A fun day was enjoyed by all, before a drive home saw the heavens open, wetting the cars for the long journey.
~ Darren ~
FG XR6 & XR8
BA XR6 UTE
FGX XR8 & XR6
FPV BF GT
FPV FG F6
Sierra RS Cosworth
Force 6 & 8
FPV BF Pursuit
AU XR6 & XR8
EL XR8 & XR6
FPV FG GT & GTP
EF XR6 Wagon