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DE­CEM­BER 15

HEATHCOTE PARK

Test and tune plus burnout prac­tice at Heathcote Park Race­way. Gates open 8.30am, Rac­ing 11am-4pm $60 to race, $20 for spec­ta­tors, chil­dren un­der-14 free. Fully catered. De­tails: 0416 072 478 heath­coter­ace­way.com.au

BREAK­FAST CRUISE

In the main street of Ber­wick Vil­lage, in the cen­tre is­land carpark in front of the shop­ping strip from 7-10am. Will be on ev­ery third Sun­day of each month dur­ing day­light sav­ing. Open to street rods, mus­cle cars, street cars pre-’72. Come and en­joy the Ber­wick Vil­lage bou­tique shops and cafes. Gold coin dona­tion to lo­cal char­ity. De­tails: John 0404 099 994 or Joe 0402 409 767.

DE­CEM­BER 18

CAR AND BIKE SHOW

Wandin Cus­tom Car and Bike Show, for pre-1985 cars and bikes. At Wandin East Recre­ation Re­serve (Mel­way: 121 K9). Rais­ing funds for the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Good Fri­day Ap­peal. Wandin CFA bar­be­cue, wood­fired pizza, li­censed bar and var­i­ous food and drink stalls. Show ve­hi­cles $5 en­try, pub­lic en­try gold coin dona­tion. Tro­phies on of­fer: Peo­ple’s choice, co-or­di­na­tor’s choice, best bike in show and best orig­i­nal. A visit from Santa is sched­uled for 7.30pm plus live band. Cruise to the beau­ti­ful Yarra Val­ley and bring the fam­ily for a great night. De­tails: Sindy Red­den-Vi­tale 0423 354 217.

DE­CEM­BER 22

STEEL BUMPERED XMAS

A steel bumpered Christ­mas dis­play, where all steel bumpered, pre-1980 clas­sics, cus­toms and hot rods are in­vited to a pre-Christ­mas dis­play at Fac­tory 2 / 167 Princes High­way, Hal­lam. No en­try fee. From 10am-3pm. De­tails: Steve 8790 2713.

DE­CEM­BER 26

HEATHCOTE PARK

Box­ing Day Chal­lenge at Heathcote Park Race­way. Gates open 8.30am, qual­i­fy­ing from 11am, rac­ing un­til 9.30pm. Com­pe­ti­tion rac­ing and burnouts $25 for spec­ta­tors, kids un­der-14 free. Fully catered. De­tails: 0416 072 478 or heath­coter­ace­way.com.au

DAYLES­FORD SPEED­WAY

Box­ing Day races, all rac­ing classes, plus push bike races for the kids, so make sure kids bring bike and hel­met. Adults $15, kids 13-17 $5, aged pen­sion­ers $10, kids yun­der-12 free. Can­teen and bar fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided. Basin Rd, Dayles­ford. De­tails: dayles­ford speed­way2 @live.com.au

DE­CEM­BER 27

BAIRNS­DALE SPEED­WAY

A huge meet­ing at Bairns­dale Speed­way, so bring your seats for a great night of rac­ing. The state round of Aus­tralian Wing­less Sprints, VSC Sprint­cars, Su­per Sedans, Mini Sprints Gold Cup and Stan­dard Sa­loons. Rac­ing starts at 5.30pm. Can­teen is avail­able. Ad­mis­sion: Adults $20, pen­sion­ers $12, 12-16 years $8, un­der-12 free, fam­i­lies $45. Race day phone num­ber 0458 617 910.

JAN­UARY 1

PIC­NIC IN THE PARK

At Morn­ing­ton Park, Morn­ing­ton. Join the Con­fed­er­ates Rod and Cus­tom Club for the first cruise of 2014. En­try is free and the event is open to all rods, cus­toms and clas­sics. Gates open from 9am. Park­ing in the park for the first 400 cars only. De­tails: (AH) Jim 5997 5300 or Shane 9893 5484.

JAN­UARY 4

EVENING CRUISE

Satur­day Evening Cruise of the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula. As­sem­ble at Drys­dale Recre­ation Re­serve (Mel­way: Map 456 G11) at 5.30pm, Cruise heads off at 6pm to travel the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula and re­turn to the Drys­dale Cricket Club for an evening of food, drinks and mu­sic on the deck. The event is open to all classes of ve­hi­cles/mo­tor bikes.

JAN­UARY 5

CLAS­SIC CARS & BIKES

Clas­sic Car and Bike Show at Drys­dale Recre­ation Re­serve (Mel­way: Map 456 G11). The event is open to all classes of ve­hi­cles/mo­tor bikes. Cars and bikes on show from 10am, live mu­sic, jump­ing cas­tle, food and re­fresh­ments. A fam­ily day out with free ad­mis­sion.

JAN­UARY 7

CRUISE NIGHT

Cruise on the new Penin­sula Link free­way to the Cruise Night at the Penin­sula Home­maker Cen­tre, Bun­gower Rd, Morn­ing­ton. Take the Bun­gower Rd off-ramp, then right to­wards Morn­ing­ton. All pre-‘75 street rods, pick-ups, mus­cle cars and chrome bumper clas­sics wel­come from 5pm. En­trant’s prizes, Sober Mule Café, 500-plus paved car spa­ces. De­tails at llets­gocruisin.com.au

JAN­UARY 19

SWAP MEET

At K.C.C. Park Dog Cen­tre (Mel­way: 128 J12), for all makes and mod­els in­clud­ing new and used per­for­mance equip­ment, new and used tools and workshop equip­ment plus all types of au­to­mo­tive me­mora­bilia. Sell­ing sites all out­door on sealed sur­face $25 in­cludes two per­sons, avail­able at the gate from 6.30am. Please note early bird pub­lic en­try be­fore 8am $10, af­ter 8am $5, with plenty of free park­ing. De­tails: Gra­ham 9585 6567 or gand­pros­eevents.com

FE­BRU­ARY 2

SHOW & SHINE

Sun Coun­try Mo­tor­cy­cle Show & Shine (vin­tage to mod­ern), at Yar­ra­wonga Fore­shore 10am2pm (reg­is­ter from 8am). Ex­hibitors $2, pub­lic by gold coin dona­tion, aged 10 and un­der free. Vic­to­rian Po­lice His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mo­tor­cy­cle & Ve­hi­cle Dis­play and test your skill on the Honda HRT Mo­tor­cy­cle sim­u­la­tor. De­tails: Barry Ben­nett 5873 4267 or sun­coun­trycar­club@gmail.com

RIDE TO RE­MEM­BER

The 6th an­nual Grampians Ride to Re­mem­ber, in Ararat and the Grampians Re­gion, open to all li­censed mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts. Con­ducted un­der po­lice es­cort to max­imise safety and to min­imise dis­rup­tion to other road users. Starts from the Ararat Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, Barkly St, Ararat at 9.30am and trav­els a stun­ning ru­ral 200km cir­cuit, re­turn­ing for a re­lax­ing bar­be­cue in the Alexan­dra Gar­dens in Ararat. Reg­is­tra­tion: $30 for rid­ers and pil­lions, in­clud­ing the bar­be­cue lunch, com­mem­o­ra­tive 2014 ride badge and com­pli­men­tary bot­tled wa­ter fol­low­ing the event. Hosted by the Vic­to­ria Po­lice Blue Rib­bon. De­tails: 5356 2351.

EP­PING SWAP MEET

Ep­ping Recre­ation Re­serve, cor­ner High and Park streets. Pub­lic en­try 7.30am $5, (in­cludes $1 dona­tion to Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal can­cer ward). Chil­dren un­der-16 free. Sites avail­able $25 each from 7am. Car dis­play $10 dona­tion to Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal can­cer ward. De­tails: 0419 128 969.

FE­BRU­ARY 16

AMER­I­CAN CAR DIS­PLAY

The Ro­tary Club and the Thun­der­birds Rod and Cus­tom Club present the 21st All Amer­i­can Car Dis­play and Swap Meet, at Gem­brook Sports Ground (Mel­way: 312 D8). Clas­sic, vin­tage and vet­eran cars, hot rods, cus­toms, pick-ups and sta­tion wag­ons, (Aussie Fal­cons, Hold­ens and Chrysler Valiants up to 1975) All wel­come. Th­ese cars must be show class. $5 en­try for all adults, chil­dren un­der-12 years free. Set up time 8am on­wards. Food and drink stalls avail­able. Chil­dren’s amuse­ments. Lots of swap meet sites avail­able. De­tails: Don Borg 0417 103 163.

PAK­EN­HAM SWAP MEET

At the Pak­en­ham Race­course (Mel­way: 317 G9) for all makes and mod­els in­clud­ing new and used per­for­mance equip­ment, new and used tools and workshop equip­ment plus all types of au­to­mo­tive me­mora­bilia. Sell­ing sites $25 in­cludes two per­sons avail­able at the gate from 6.30am. Please note early bird pub­lic en­try be­fore 8am $10, af­ter 8am $5, with plenty of free park­ing. De­tails: Gra­ham 9585 6567 or gand­pros­eevents.com

FE­BRU­ARY 21-23

SUM­MER SU­PER­BIKES

World su­per­bike cham­pi­onship at Phillip Is­land. Eight man­u­fac­tur­ers will line up in 2014 — MV Agusta and Buell join­ing Ja­panese brands Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, the Ger­man BMW and Ital­ian mar­ques Du­cati and Aprilia — mak­ing the world su­pers a pro­duc­tion race truly re­flec­tive of the bikes we ride on the road. Af­ter a $3 mil­lion track resur­face, the bumps are gone, the grip’s im­proved, speeds have sky­rock­eted and the lap times have plum­meted. Aus­tralia’s Phillip Is­land cir­cuit now holds the crown as the fastest Mo­toGP cir­cuit on the planet. Book your spot at the QBE round now at worldsbk.com.au or call the hot­line on 1300 728 007.

Big time burnouts at Heathcote Race­way this Sun­day.

Plan ahead for the Sum­mer Su­per­bikes at Phillip Is­land over the Fe­bru­ary 21-23 weekend.

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