Friday 2 October through to Monday 5 October saw three cars travel down to join the Rum City Rods & Customs in their annual Bargara Beach Campout.
A fantastic four days, where Bargara turned on clear sunny days, cooler nights and crystal clear oceans – which could easily be viewed from the campground.
Most people travelled to Bargara on Friday, spending the afternoon setting up camp and settling into “holiday mode” – finishing the day with a BBQ meal where people renewed old and made new friendships.
After a hearty breakfast Saturday morning – many cars lined up for a garage crawl / poker run. A series of questions to be answered on this run – kept everyone on their toes, with some very cryptic questions! And some of us learned, that following the car in front doesn’t always work – as they may be wrong! Result – U Turn!
Midway through this run, everyone congregated at the club’s Clubhouse where morning tea was served. A very impressive Clubhouse by the way, and one that I am sure most clubs would love to have for themselves.
All up three garages were visited which proved to be very enlightening, especially a warehouse which made fibreglass parts, including the bodies for future Hot Rod’s.
After lunch, a meeting was held at the Clubhouse for the ASRF – which left most of the ladies with some free time. Or so they thought – as the ladies of the Rum City Rods & Customs, made sure there was some fun lined up. But “what happens on ladies afternoon in Bargara, stays in Bargara.” The three Rockhampton ladies are very hopeful that any photos taken during the afternoon mysteriously disappear, with the only information being shared was that the afternoon may have included some bongo drums and perhaps a bit of a dress up with some belly dancing!
And speaking of dress-up – Saturday evenings theme “Celebrities prior to 1975” saw everyone from Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, The Queen of England through to two Willie Nelson’s. A meal, music and dancing kept everyone entertained, as well as in suspense during the many raffle draws. As each person won a prize, they then picked out the next ticket. Who would ever believe that after winning a prize, someone would then pick another ticket out of the box containing hundreds of tickets, only to find they’d picked another winner for themselves, collecting another prize. What’s the odds on that!
Sunday morning saw a car show, with all the participants along with a multitude of other car types all on display. The crowd that attended throughout the morning, was really great to see – and shows that people really appreciate the hard work that goes into these beautiful cars.
A free afternoon on Sunday allowed everyone to do their own thing, with some people going for drives or throwing in a line. An opportunity was also available for anyone who wanted to cruise down the Burnett River on the Bundy Belle which some people took advantage of. Will post a separate story on this later for those that are interested.
Dinner at Grunski’s Seafood Restaurant was on offer Sunday night, with over 50 people attending. Unfortunately there was no time to sit back and enjoy the view of the river as the night progressed – with most people rushing back to the camp ground where the club had kindly set up a projector so that everyone could enjoy the football on the big screen. And what a game that was!
Monday morning – saw the end of the wonderful weekend. Breakfast with everyone, and then on the road – back to reality!
Overall, an extremely wonderful weekend, with great, friendly people, lots of laughter and fun. Thank you Rum City Rods & Customs – you’ve done yourselves proud!