Viczcar Cruise from Melbourne to Apollo Bay – Sat 4th & Sun 5th August 2007.
Posted 07 July 2007 - 07:27 PM
Saturday night we plan to enjoy dinner and drinks and stay overnight in Apollo Bay, making our way back to Melbourne on Sunday morning. Of course if you don’t have the luxury of the entire weekend to devote to your Z, you can make it a day trip.
The cruise in summary will be as follows -
- Melbourne to Lorne 130km (1 hour 36 minutes)
- Lorne to Skenes Creek 46km (36 minutes)
- Skenes Creek to Lavers Hill 46km (36 minutes)
- Lavers Hill to Apollo Bay 49km (37 minutes)
The plan is to meet up at 10am Saturday morning and depart soon after. The first stretch is from Melbourne to Lorne (130km). Our first stop will be for lunch at the seaside town of Lorne. We should arrive there at noon to chow down and rest for an hour.
We will then depart Lorne heading toward Apollo Bay via the Great Ocean Road enjoying all the seaside road offers through long sweeping bends and occasional hairpins.
Next stop will be at Skenes Creek where we plan to break for 10 minutes and wait for all those that may have got stuck behind English tourists driving rented camper vans or the slow Lamborghini Countache that frustrated the NDSOC convoy on their last cruise.
The course will detour at Skenes Creek from the main road and ascend through the winding roads that take us to Lavers Hill. This 46km stretch of undulating road will take around 36 minutes driving at a leisurely pace.
Leaders will stop for a 10 minute rest at Lavers Hill to then complete the cruise via a 49km run to Apollo Bay.
All those planning to stay overnight should make their own arrangements to check into a hotel in Apollo Bay. We will send out some suggestions as to accommodation. Anyone wanting to drive out to the 12 apostles can do so.
Saturday night we will meet up for dinner and drinks at a restaurant in town to talk of the days run.
Sunday morning we can make our way back to Melbourne via GOR.
Everybody attending the cruise is expected to drive safely, obey all road rules and extend every courtesy to all other road users.
Please send me a Personal Message or an email with your e-mail address by Saturday July 28 if you are definitely coming along and we will send you all final details regarding meeting times, locations, maps and hotel accommodation options.
For the members who can’t attend there will be photos and a video posted on the site after the cruise for you to enjoy.
Posted 09 July 2007 - 09:10 AM
Posted 09 July 2007 - 10:04 AM
Posted 09 July 2007 - 06:13 PM
Modular9, should be plenty of pics and video just hope we get good weather!
Posted 11 July 2007 - 10:51 AM
I better pull my finger out
Posted 12 July 2007 - 10:41 AM
It has been pointed out to me that one of the roads in the original map that cuts across Beech Forrest is actually a FWD track and to go further Nth and come back down might make it too big a drive for some. For that reason we have decided stay on the Great Ocean Road and drive straight through Apollo Bay to Lavers Hill and back to Apollo Bay for the evening. This is the route the NDSOC took recently and I've been assured its an incredible drive.
Once back in Apollo Bay anyone that has the energy can go for a drive Nth from Skene Creek to Forrest and back to AB for dinner can do so. I think this would be about a 1.0 to 1.5 hr return drive and we would want to be back by dark. I'm sure there will be a group interested I hope to be one of them!
I have posted a new map below:
Meeting Point West Gate Bridge out bound petrol station 10am, depart 10:30am sharp!
Melb to Lorne 130km (1 hr 36 min) Lunch in Lorne 1hr
Lorne to Apollo Bay 49km (40 min) Rest in Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay to Lavers Hill (48km 39min) Break in LH 30 min
Lavers Hill to Apollo Bay (48km 39min) Finish
My calculations are we would be back from Lavers Hill to Apollo Bay at about 4pm. At this point some might want to drive to Forrest and surrounding areas for a squirt before dinner. Hotel recommendations and dinner times will be e-mailed to all that have PM me or sent me an e-mail (email@example.com).
Posted 28 July 2007 - 11:52 PM
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:32 PM
Make sure your car's clean Sulio, I'll be wanting to get some good photos of it for its upcoming feature on grandJDM
Posted 02 August 2007 - 04:13 PM
Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:08 PM
The break down is 5 definately staying over night, 5 coming for the day and 1 not sure.
I've taken tommorrow off to get prepared. Still making my video camera mount for mounting on the outside of the car. Hope to get heaps of good footage we can share.
Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:11 AM
I've got some Rain-X I might bring along if anyone needs it.
Posted 03 August 2007 - 07:18 PM
Have fun rain hail or shine
Posted 03 August 2007 - 10:43 PM
Steve, hpoing to take a lot of pics. Lurch's car is at the panel shop so I've got myself a full time camera man comin in my car!
Posted 05 August 2007 - 03:44 PM
Video in the next week or so...
Posted 07 August 2007 - 02:42 PM
hmmm...I'll try to embed it!
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