The first Tuesday of this month was of course the Lets Go Cruisin’ cruise night at Mornington. Hence, an eclectic collection of hot rods, rat rods, classic cars and muscle cars again gathered at the Peninsula Homemaker centre on Bungower Road. Knowing all too well that it had been too long since I had blown the cobwebs off the ‘55 F.J. Holden, I took her blanket off and drove her down to join the fun with my Dad riding as passenger. It was just the two of us, just like old times.
The turnout was massive! Being such fine weather for a Melbourne Cup Tuesday, the car park was full so I had to be creative and make my own park. I’m not complaining though, there were more cars there to admire and be inspired by. I call these events “research” for my other little projects at home, as well as little add-ons for my FJ, which is my only registered classic car at the moment. Yep, I think my old girl needs some hot rod style indicators off the bumper to replace the ugly cheapy plastic indicators that resemble tacky trailer lights. Venetians and a visor are on my wish list too! I swooned over many cars, gathering ideas and accumulating future projects.
Aside from inspiration, nights like these have a fantastic social element to them. Cruise Night gives us the opportunity to catch up with familiar faces that I have known for years. Of course, we also met a heap of new people too! It is great to be around others that share a similar passion and love for hot rods, classic and muscle cars.
We had a great time and I received numerous compliments on my anchor Vivien of Holloway 1950’s reproduction halter neck circle dress from Christine’s a few years ago. I decided to wear it, as I have recently died my hair from Hot Hot Pink to red. My new hair colour was created from an ombre blend of three Manic Panic colours, Vampire Red, Pillarbox Red and Wildfire. I thought the blue and white dress with red and white accents would go well, as red, white and blue compliment each other beautifully.
I wore two petticoats as I thought the white and red would look pretty together. I always get my petticoats from Christine’s, as the ones that they stock with their soft, bouncy chiffon are by far the best that I have ever worn!
I decided to accessorise with my delightful ‘First Mate’ purse from Sourpuss and Pinup Courture Teeze-12-3 heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous. The darling old-school nautical tattoo flash print adorning these stunning shoes just seemed to compliment my anchor dress and purse perfectly. The red ribbon was enough to tie them in with the other red accents in my outfit (and my hair!) Although the ribbons of these shoes are interchangeable, the red is most frequently flaunted.
My shoes held up pretty well all night and I had a blast walking around with Dad and looking at all the cool cars that turned up for the evening. We then each grabbed a takeaway coffee to fuel us as we chatted and walked around the rest of the car park. I assure you, it is the best way to enjoy a good coffee!
Eventually, it was time for the speeches and raffle. We gathered around and I made sure to keep the raffle ticket we were given when we drove in, as last time Dad lost it.
To my surprise, our ticket was drawn and I won a prize pack from AC Delco including oil and a filter! I literally screamed, then proceeded to walk across a garden bed in my heels without going splat. I think we call that a double success.
Indeed, winners are grinners! Our night ended on such a high, and perfect timing because my car is almost due for a service. I am really looking forward to the Santa Cruise next month!