No, not in reverse gear, just in reverse order!
The Sunday Weather Gods were once again very kind to a large group of lucky Lincoln Auto Club Members. Simply another glorious spring day! This time we did the popular Poker Run in reverse direction of previous years. We travelled first to Coffin Bay, then to Cummins, and finished by enjoying a Sunday Roast or whatever one fancied at Tumby Bay’s Seabreeze Hotel.
Following Craig Lowndes’ recent success at Bathurst, Wal Hammond must have been thinking he was in for a good poker hand in his Craig Lowndes Commodore!
Jasol Fauser (left), Pascal Labhart, and Wal Hammond were keen starters at the first hand dealt in Whirley’s Car park.
After we picked our first lot of cards in Port Lincoln, the group of 15 classic cars, one motor bike and the Army Unimog, attacked the stretch to Coffin Bay. A few members brought their “modern comfort chariots” for the journey to the boat ramp “tea & cake refuel, second lot of card picking pit stop”. On the way near big swamp a white classic Peugeot 505 passed us going the wrong way……….. What were they thinking? Perhaps the owners, witnessing our classics going the “other way” may wish to join our Club! By the time our convoy reached the Coffin Bay boat ramp a few more members arrived, including newly joined up ones, and not to forget our “Mr. President” with his beautiful 1950s Chevrolet. Fantastic. The number of classics had swelled to 22! Refreshed after morning tea, and with a new hand of cards dealt, it was time to depart the peaceful setting of Coffin Bay.
Tina Lawes (left), Marilyn Kay and Julie Brooks found it much more interesting comparing the cakes they made for morning tea than V8′ vs supercharged sixes with double overhead inlet manifolds with limited slip cams and horizontally opposed power operated triple disc brakes!
Next stop was the Cummins Triangle Park. Along the Tod Highway the soon to be harvested crop fields looked like a healthy lot.
The bronze statue of a lumper at Cummins was symbolic of the area’s history of primary production. There would be many bags to lump in the Cummins area this harvest if this was still the practice.
Another set of cards were dealt, and after more chatting, a lot of car checking by Club members and locals alike, we headed along the hilly scenic Bratten Way route towards Tumby Bay. En-route, a lost looking vehicle was spotted parked on top of a lonely roadside shipping container. Advertising itself for a new owner, the sign read, “One owner, low mileage, VB Holden Commodore Station Wagon”. Was it hoping for a restoration to new glory? Any takers ?
Along the travels, thanks to the recent rain, the surrounding scenery looked refreshed in its beautiful spring green colour. Considering the dry winter we had, it was a pleasant surprise to all.
Our arrival in Tumby Bay saw our car collection nicely fill up the foreshore car park in front of the Seabreeze Hotel. We enjoyed the lunch and had a good chat and laugh about life living and the pleasure of driving classic cars in 2018.
Club stalwart Geoff Phillips (left), assisted by Poker Run Coordinator Rolly Binns look more like Scrutineers from the Australian Electoral Commission than a couple of non-gamblers trying to decide the winner of a 145 kilometre Poker Game!
Now, I can hear you asking, “Who was the Lucky Poker Game winner?” This year it was relatively new member Bruce “Two Kings” Kirkby of Coffin Bay. All he had was 2 Kings! Fancy winning with a hand like that? The Eyre Fuels fuel voucher Bruce won, will keep his ride watered for a while. Bruce (left) is presented with his voucher by Rolly Binns. Bruce is a FiFo worker so we hope to see him join us on the road when back in town. Congratulations Bruce.
In the Event Coordinator’s absence, many thanks to all those involved in bringing the planning to a very successful and enjoyable outing..
Editor: Article contributed by Pascal Labhart. Photos by Andrew Brooks. Thanks Guys.