Car Rally

Trip Start Aug 20, 2013
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Where I stayed
Micawber Tavern, Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria
What I did
The Dandenongs

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Sunday, February 17, 2013

Our inaugural car rally was held on Sunday17 February on a glorious sunny day which was perfect for a drive through the hills and although the temperature in Melbourne was 34 up in the hills it was cooler - thank goodness.

20 cars originally were ready to participate but a few had to pull out for various reasons leaving 15 eager participants to follow the route. (Many thanks to those who could not come and who still donated their entry fee - very generous of you guys). An auction was held of a number of "helpful hints" prior to the start and each car was handed the questions and notes along with a rescue envelope with phone numbers and final destination in case they got lost, however, there was a fine if opened.

The starting point was the car park of the Wheelers Hill Pub on Ferntree Gully Road and by 10.45am the rally started with some interesting exits and reentries into the car park.  The route went via the Mountain Highway through the Dandenongs visiting Sassafras along the way.  There was one official U turn, plenty of roundabouts to manoeuvre, statues to count, insects to collect (edible only), a little bit of dust to travel on and some really beautiful scenery to admire.

The final destination was the Micawber Tavern on Monbulk Road just outside of Belgrave.  Tables had been reserved in the garden under the shade of the trees with a little creek running through the grounds, plus the resident Kookaburras.  A delightful spot for lunch and for sharing exploits of the rally and for meeting other participants.  Prizes were handed out and the raffle drawn and many thanks to all for a most delightful day and for helping to raise over $1000.


Some interesting statistics were: 

Alex's car arrived first - congratulations and they also had the most points - a very impressive effort.
Daniel answered 4 questions - went for coffee in Sassafras, opened his envelope to arrive at the Tavern for lunch.
Raffle - 1st prize was won by Yvonne

Most achieved points in the 50s region (total available was 70). 
Most travelled around 60 to 65 kms with the most travelled being almost 91kms - a few unofficial uturns in that total I think!! and the least travelled was 59.2 kms.  
Only a couple of cars answered that a Drive Inn used to be at 5 ways and that the flowering shrub of the area is the Rhododendron.  
Only two car managed to snap a photo of Puffing Billy in action - no points were given to those who had taken a photo off the internet!

Other intriguing points to note were:

One car requested the name of a divorce lawyer. 
The woodcraft company was actually not the Salvos.
The lyrebird falls were mistaken for the Kallista Chinese Medical Centre.
Somehow one car ended up at a venue which offered "personal services"!!!  

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Bernie & Peter on

Thank you for organizing such a fun activity. We had a ball.

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