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Buick V Olds Day 2014

 

Well Spring of 2014 has arrived, and as we are all aware, Spring can be very unpredictable when it comes to the weather.  The first Buick Club outing for the season was a combined event planned with the Oldsmobile Club to be held at Cherry Lake in Altona for Sunday 28th September.  From the early weather predictions leading up to the event, a lovely Spring day of 28 degrees was forecast, perfect weather for outdoor activities.

Viewing the surroundings on Saturday 27th September it was a very pleasant site with people fishing from the lake, families taking advantage of the many BBQs and abundance of seating both undercover and out in the sunshine. There was play equipment to entertain the children, and walking tracks around the premises allowed for a stroll in the pleasant sunny weather.  It was evident that the carpark was quickly taken by the patrons using the facilities so it was important that the following day the members would need to get in early to secure a carpark.

However, Mother Nature didn’t supply a completely splendorous day on the Sunday with extreme winds sabotaging the clubs outdoor activities on the day. Esther and Dennis Healey had put in a considerable effort in preparing games and prizes for the day’s events which were required to be cancelled as the weather was not conducive of such activities.  Attempts by Esther and Dennis to put up wind barriers were fruitless as the wind was strong and relentless, but in saying all of this the attendance of members and their vehicles was very pleasing. 

Given the unpleasant winds were not subsiding in any way Plan B needed to formulated and it was voted by members to relocate the event for a lunch at the Altona Sports Club a venue close by to Cherry Lake.  This proved to be a much better atmosphere given the endurance test at CherryLake, but an unexpected arrival of members for the Chef of this venue who had to cook twenty-four unplanned meals.  The Chef made a concerted effort to ensure all members were happy with their meals and Dennis Healy’s mixed grill was certainly the talking point over lunch given the size of the meal.  It seemed overall that members were happy with how the day played out and everyone appeared to have enjoyed themselves.

It was also good that members who were delayed in their arrival to CherryLake were able to ascertain where the members had relocated to and able to join in on the lunch. As for the games, well we have put a raincheck on them for a time in the near future and everybody’s efforts in planning this day are acknowledged for a job well done.

We would also like to acknowledge the attendees and their clubs:

NAME:

VEHICLE:

CLUB:

Colin & Peta Rowland

70 GSX

Buick

Jack Moran

Modern

Buick

Neville Brooks

Modern

Buick

Brian Dean

74 Riviera

Buick

Alan Firns & Fay Young

Modern

Buick

Cath & Robin Grierson

Modern

Oldsmobile

Bob & Judy Wilson

80 Oldsmobile

Oldsmobile

Ray & Mary Cook

54 Buick

Buick & Oldsmobile

John Offer

60 Electra

Buick

John & Mary Hollis

78 LeSabre

Buick

John Egglestone

53 Oldsmobile

Buick & Oldsmobile

Dennis & Esther Healy

71 Oldsmobile

Buick & Oldsmobile

Bill & Lillian Farrugia

63 Buick

Buick

Mr & Mrs George Symons

39 Buick

Buick

Mr & Mrs Joe Atallah

 Skylark

 Buick

Andy Logan & Donna Ascher

46 Buick

Buick

 

Hopefully we haven’t missed anybody as not all members that arrived at CherryLake were able to join us for lunch given they had other commitments later in the day and apologies if you haven’t been acknowledged.  Attempts were made to stay at CherryLake as long as possible to await the arrival of members before relocating.  So hopefully we may be able to reschedule the CherryLake events some time in the future.  The lesson in this case is when organising outdoor activities have a Plan B if weather is not appropriate for the planned outdoor event.  The media reports that evening reported wind gusts of up to 111 klms per hour which highlighted the conditions that we were subjected to on the day.            Donna Ascher