Today in Victoria it is Labour Day, a public holiday celebrating the efforts of the Labour Union in reducing the average working day to eight hours.
These days Labour Day weekend is better known for the extremely popular community festival, Moomba, which has been incorporated into the weekend, and the parade is all about festive floats, not the trades.
The Birdman Rally is a popular event over the weekend. It operates under the pretence of setting distance records of human-powered flight. Really, it is a chance for people to get dressed up in silly costumes, strap on something that vaguely resembles wings, and jump into the Yarra River. The most dangerous part of the event isn’t the jump from on high, it is surviving a dunk in the notoriously icky water in that part of the river!
I love that we are celebrating a reduction in general working hours by having an entire day off. As such, our household is having a day off, and in support of reduced working hours I will be doing even less housework than usual. 😀
It is a public holiday here today (Labour Day) so please forgive me for doing a late post, I was half-asleep and still in my pj’s well into the afternoon!
We were lucky enough to get tickets to go to the Phillip Island Classic on Sunday so we woke up the kids at some ungodly hour for the drive down there (hence my very welcome sleep-in this morning).
The race track at Phillip Island is a fantastic one. Where else can you park your car on the grass at the side of the track and spend the day watching the races and the ocean at the same time? At this event you also have access to the pit area so we all have the opportunity to have a stickynose.
The Phillip Island Classic is a day where cars of all ages and descriptions get out on the track so it is a great day for you if you like racing or just looking at old cars. It is even better when those old cars you were admiring earlier are racing around the track later in the day.
It is also a chance for people who love their classic cars to drive down there and put on a bit of a show. The Torana club were there in force which made me pretty happy, even though I am a Ford lover. My first car was a beautiful purple two-door LC Torana, I still wish I had it.
A stand was selling raffle tickets and when I noticed that the first prize was a beautifully restored purple Torana I immediately bought one. Thousands of other people probably bought a ticket too, you say? Doesn’t matter. It is destiny!!! The Torana is mine! I will let you know when I pick it up 😉
The kids love old cars, and have never been to car races before, so they had a fantastic time. We all had a great day and were totally worn out by the time we trudged our way back to the car.
The happiest car at the races.
The only problem with going to Phillip Island racetrack is always the getting out part.
There is only one narrow road in and out so when there are hundreds of cars all trying to get out at the same time it can take quite a while to get off the island. It took us over an hour of very slow rolling to do the 5 kilometer trip from the track to the main road before we even started heading for the mainland. Thankfully the rest of the 130 kilometer trip home was considerably faster!