Christmas & January Update.
Well, another Christmas and New Year have come and gone and the Hermits have had a pretty busy year so far. 2015 finished well with a successful sausage sizzle
at Bunnings in Hastings. Thanks to Lyn who hosted the 2015 Christmas party and for cooking yet another scrumptious pork roast. January got off to a flying start with our first sausage sizzle at Bunnings for 2016 (even Patti Newton and family complimented us
and came back for seconds) and the inaugural Crib Point Bike Show. Around 120 bikes turned up to the show as well as hundreds of onlookers. The guys on the barbie trailer were flat out all morning. A mercy dash to Hastings was in order for more snags and bread
and by early afternoon we were sold out. With food sales, entry fees and raffle sales it was a good day for the club. The bike show will be on the club calendar for next year. The club was also present at the RACV Great Australian Rally in Mornington for the
second year. A couple of the “Red Platers” did the run from Hastings Marina and met up with the other CRAB crew who were at our gazebo at the show. It was a great day out with hundreds of cars, bikes, trucks and caravans on display. The club did
well with raffle ticket sales. The next weekend saw the club do its annual pilgrimage to the Classic Motorcycle Races at Phillip Island. The Classic is the third biggest motorcycle racing event in Aussie and a must for the veteran bike enthusiast. A great
weekend was had by all and thanks to Jim who hosted some of the riders at his place on Saturday night. The Groggy Wombat Rally in Meeniyan, although under the threat of poor weather, saw several Crabarians do the ride and camp out at the rally. Heavy rain
overnight didn’t dampen their spirits and a good time was had. A pub meal and breakfast in Mirboo Nth makes the world seem a lot brighter. Throw in some smaller club rides, a couple of wrestling events and a longer ride to the Snowy Mountains and you’d
have to say that 2016 is up and running, or should that be riding?..
Spring / Summer Update.
Well, spring has sprung, the Crabarian winter hibernation is behind us and things have gotten off to a flying start. Our $2500 Travel Voucher Raffle is underway with the club selling
tickets at the Mornington, Red Hill and Portsea Markets. We’re hoping to get access to the Centro Group of shopping centres post Christmas for ticket selling as well as several other events across the Peninsula. The food van has been re located to its
new home in Rosebud where it’s been used as a base for several catering events at the Night Cap Wrestling Federation. Thanks to Hans, the club’s BBQ trailer is up and running and made its successful debut at the Bluescope Christmas Party. The Bluescope
event was a huge financial success for the Hermits as was The Masters sausage sizzle.
On the riding scene, the club participated in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride with TEAM CRAB raising and donating $2600 toward prostate cancer research. The
club was also well represented at the Steven Walter Foundation Ride in the Snowy Mountains. This year the DGR ride raised $2.2 million and the Snowy Ride $250,000. It’s great to see the club supporting these charity rides. The annual Peninsula Toy Run
was another successful ride for the club with the usual “mountain of toys” donated by the motorcyclists of the peninsula. Other rides have included The Blessing Of The Bikes in Mirboo North, The 2015 GP Run, The Shirley Grimstone Memorial ride,
Simon and Stig’s “Wrong Way Round” tour to Broken Hill and beyond, “Yet another farewell lunch” to Walhalla, and the “Duelling Banjos” Tour of Northern Victoria as well as our regular club rides.
up, the club will be hosting the Crib Point Classic Bike Show in conjunction with the Classic Car Show in early January. Also in January we have the RACV Great Australian Rally in Mornington, our annual ride to the Classic Races on Phillip Island and the Groggy
Wombat Rally in Meeniyan. See our "Meetings and Rides" page for more details. Look out for us at the Westernport Festival, the Tyabb Air Show, at Bunnings and The Meander Down The Bay Ride will be on again in April. It’s all go go go...!