Friday, 12 October 2012

esCarpade 2012 Day 0 - Scrutineering and Welcome Dinner

Day 0, and the boys were up and getting ready to go to scrutineering...  First step, adjust the idle just a fraction higher - after Thursday's debacle Damian had dialled it back just a fraction too far...


Jason being safety conscious... or maybe it was cold and that's a fleece-lined safety vest!!


At scrutineering, Damian found a nice XM coupe to park beside...


It's a flash bit of kit, and is running a V8!!  (It's owned by the esCarpade entrant whose workshop was being used for scrutineering.)


Cars lining up to go on the hoist...


Damian found one of Team Geelong who has a fabulous taste in sunnies!!


After passing through scrutineering, it was time for a spot of shopping...  Jason had accidentally left home without something very important... can you see what it is?


Back at scrutineering for lunch, Damian thought a sweep panorama would be nice...


Cars lining up...


More cars...


Lunch was  a sausage sizzle put on by Mr Beaks... it's all about the sausage!


Damian and Jason went on a sticker spreading mission, sharing the Booger Mobile love amongst the other cars!!


After a few hours off, it was time for the compulsory driver briefing etc...  But first, better get nails sorted out!!

Here's Damian's before pic...


Jason didn't take a whole lot of convincing to do his nails... he chose the darker green colour...


Better light over near the window...


Damian's "citrus" nails...


With green smiley faces...


Close up, it's a bit messy, but they look alright from a distance!!


How does this wig look?


Brotherly love in a self portrait!!


And one with the camera on timer...


Some of the crowd start moseying on down to the Panthers Leagues Club...


Damian goes for a snappy self portrait, while Jason checks his phone...


Panthers Newcastle... looks to be the place!!


Inside, all the teams were assembled for the compulsory driver briefing and safety blurb...


Even Mr Happythumb made an appearance...


After the briefing, the sparkling wine was served... how very sophisticated!!


Damian self portraiting Trevor (the official photographer) as he takes a photo of Damian... whose flash washed himself out!!  (Damian's camera did it...)


Damian and Warren (from the ill-fated Shark Mobile)... he's feeling alright, thanks for asking!


Damian posing with Deb (Mal's wife - Team Geelong), who was stoked to be making a guest appearance on the blog!!


The drinks started flowing, as did the conversation...


Damian with some of the Camp Quality staff on hand to keep everyone in line...


Inside the dinner venue... very swank!!


Balloons!!


Damian and Jason sat with the boys from High Rollers, who drive a Rolls Royce in the esCarpade!!


Top hats and canes... bringing a touch of class to the event...


The new McDonalds Camp Quality puppets made an appearance...


Here's a close-up... they are very different to the old puppets...


These esCarpadians were receiving their 10 and 15 year awards...


After dinner, the band played, and people had a bit of a dance...


Jason got into the spirit, helping fit a top hat to one of the kids...


The band had an awesome car on the screen at this point!!


Clowns were heading off home... that clown doll really freaked Damian out... look at those eyes!!


Back at the hotel, Damian hammed it up on the seats in the foyer...


Before striking a pose with the reception chick...


The day ended well, with lots of friends (both new and old), a nice meal, live band, a few drinks and most importantly, no further dramas!!

Stay tuned for Day 1 - the first day of driving!!

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