Doug Memorial Cruise 2016 Hey everyone, just thought I'd post up a thread about how the 3rd year running of the Doug (red32) Memorial cruise went for the lucky few who ended up attending the event. So this year's cruise was going to be situated around the Gisborne, Kyneton and Wooden country towns of Victoria and unfortunately for us the weather started off in the morning a very chilly 13 degrees with a super freezing gusty wind which we would find out to be the start of our problems for the first half of the cruise. Anyways we all gathered at the BP servo just off the Calder Freeway for a meet and greet of the attendees for this years cruise. Once we had a small meeting with Mark regarding our cruise plans for the day, we quickly jumped into the Z's and headed off to Mt Macedon our first stop for the day and there we were hoping to meet up with RENZED who was waiting for us there. Unfortunately the very extremely windy conditions become a big headache for us trying to go through some back roads up the mountain. Here is what confronted us after we got off the freeway and with all the tree debris on the roads leading up to this road, I wasn't surprised at what we saw. That's right not 1 tree but 2 tress had come down pretty bad. So with no alternative we had to back track and find an alternative route to get up the mountain. When we did get to the Mt Macedon car park, RENZED was there waiting for us but the weather was just terrible up on top of Mt Macedon and as we were all freezing from the gusty winds coming over the mountain we quickly jumped back in the Z's and headed to our next stop in Kyneton. When we arrived at Kyneton we headed to a local bakery for breakfast and a short chat about all things Z related. From Kyneton we headed for some twisty country roads and after an hour of spirited driving we stopped at the Coliban River falls. Unfortunately for me, while trailing behind everyone else, I had a freighting experience where I slide off the road coming at a blind sharp u turn bend road at 95 kmpr. I slammed my brakes and tried to turn into the bend but the Z slide sideways and into some tall grassy ground along the side of the road. I was extremely lucky I didn't hit anything during my spin-out and all I managed to suffer from the incident was small amounts of mud splatter along the side of the Z. As it was a country road there were no warning signs for me to prepare for what I was coming to and though I reacted the best way I could considering the speed I was going but I'm just grateful I didn't damage the Z in anyway. Anyways we then headed from the Coliban River falls to our last stop at Woodend. And that's it, we all headed home after a short chat and I would like to thank Mark for doing another fantastic job running this cruise and I'm looking forward to cruising again soon on this years GOR which Mark says will be a mostly inland cruise route due to the GOR road closures currently in effect.