Inline 4 Cafe – New Year’s Eve 2017

The afternoon today on New Year’s Eve 2017 was a truly great time at Inline 4 Cafe Mirboo North. Along with many other people, we were celebrating the good times that Inline 4 Cafe has brought to Mirboo North including the amazing Blessing of the Bikes that put Mirboo North on the map. We were also there to give Marcel and Sabine our best wishes in the coming years. Had we known, I would have been there much earlier in the day to appreciate how many riders had come from near and far to say hello and goodbye. It was only goodbye in the sense that Inline 4 Cafe was moving on, not disappearing.

Marcel and Sabine - Not gone, just taking a break

Marcel and Sabine – Not gone, just taking a break

The weather gods once again smiled upon Inline 4 Cafe, suggesting that all was good in Mirboo North. And while well-wishers came and went, it was a hive of activity all day long. But when the hungry hoards and others finally settled down, it was time for memories to be packed away to be  stored ready for another adventure. The latter of course involved many skills, or not, but no animals or humans were harmed in the process. Given the stoic and hardy supporters in attendance, I don’t think anyone was feeling maudlin about the transformation, it was more that of a child growing up, moving out of home and beginning a new life.

Inline 4 Cafe - The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe – The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe - The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe – The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe - The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe – The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe - The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe – The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe - The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe – The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe - The Final Deconstruction

Inline 4 Cafe – The Final Deconstruction

And what better and most reverend way to sign off on not just a great year but a great institution in Mirboo North. While Inline 4 Cafe may have moved on, it shouldn’t be forgotten and all passers-by will hopefully consider stopping by and think about the good years that are still ahead.

I must say, it was a bloody good afternoon and I wish everyone that attended and those that could not, a most outstanding New Year. If not before, I’ll see you at San Remo in 2018.

Update 1. And the new Inline 4 Cafe is now open.

12 thoughts on “Inline 4 Cafe – New Year’s Eve 2017

  1. Shawn K.

    I didn’t realize they were packing it in. Have they made their plans public?

    1. Ray Post author

      As with the Blessing of the Bikes, Inline 4 Cafe is moving to a new home. Nothing hard and fast yet.

  2. Shawn K.

    Got to go where the business takes them.

    The TG-5 did well, especially the video. One of the guys really needed some knee pads!

    1. Ray Post author

      The guy in shorts had come off on a ride and had gone over the handle bars of his bike and so was carrying a few war wounds. Not sure if he was racing or dirt bike riding.

  3. Shawn K.

    Yikes! I thought it was due to the moving. If that’s all he got from a spill, he had nothing to complain about.

    1. Ray Post author

      Definitely no complaints. He just took it all in good grace as part of life.

  4. Shawn K.

    I don’t doubt it. He looks old enough to have lived through a few scrapes. It’s good to see they decided to make an event of the move, and I look forward to seeing your eventual article on the new location.

  5. Warwick Patience

    All the best for Chapter 2 Marcel and Sabina ,Thankyou so much for letting us and our Greyhounds enjoy your facilities We will miss you in Miboo North. All at Racing 2 Rehome

  6. Brian Mathews

    Sad to see you move on but when you don’t get support from the local community it’s inevitable that you will look for a place that will. Looking forward to visiting your new pit stop for a coffee and a chat. Keep smiling and don’t let the bastards pull you down. Brian

    1. Ray Post author

      It is sad, but while one chapter closes and another opens.

      I did want to make one comment about community support that many in Mirboo North have misunderstood. I’ve give the following example of what support means, whenever the topic arises, as people tend to associate support with attendance.

      So I ask what if people just attended the Mirboo North Football and Netball matches only when at the home ground? What if no one was interested in managing the gate, running the canteen, raffles, getting records printed, organising fund raising functions and the myriad of other things essential for a club to exist. What if the council provided no support for the oval etc? What if no business provided sponsorship? How long would the club last if everyone just said they supported the club, but it was only by attending home matches for free?

      1. Ray Post author

        There were a lot of locals that did indeed support Marcel and Sabine, Inline 4 Cafe and the Blessing of the Bikes. But, unfortunately, it seemed that it was not the sort of activity that South Gippsland Shire and some petty individuals viewed as ‘fitting’ for the region. I’ve mentioned a number of times that if someone proposed a Hair Shirt and Basket Weaving Festival for Mirboo North, the Shire and those same petty individuals would be all over it.

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