Ahh Ballarat, that is my home town but I left about 18 years ago. Good to hear the rotor scene is still ongoing. I hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread, but maybe some of you will know these cars and it may give you some stories to tell on the day.
I guess i am now part of the old school Ballarat rotor scene, I often wonder if there are any of those guys still hanging around.
I drove a blue Rx-2 coupe with a ported (extend and then bridge) 13B and a weber, that was a pretty quick street car back i the early 90's! My mate Shane Bridges - cool name for a rotor head hey (now unfortunatley he passed away) he had a really nice Rx-4 sedan with a 13B weber fed extend port, it was a freak of a motor and a ride in that that showed me how quick a ported rotor could be. He also built a 13B turbo powered formula V race car that I drove on the old airport runway (where we also used to do the 1/8th mile drags), man, that was an absolute weapon (like 9 second fast).
Shane used to race the 13B PP rx-7 with mobil sponsorship that a guy in the BLCC owned, I think his name was Phil Coghlan, that guy was really cool and he couldn't drive it at 10/10ths anymore because his health wouldn't allow it but he always helped us out with parts and advice.
Shane also had a 13B bridge in his 929 wagon that was rusty and multi coloured but it would pull up the front wheels on a launch off the Sturt street lights with 4 of us in it, that gave a lot of people who thought they had tough cars a big fright, especially when they originally thought the 929 was driving with the choke on
I remember stirring all the V8 boys up in the carpark as we used to slide through the bends at the mall and give our rotors a bootfull side by side - fun times, I am sure you can't get away with that stuff in this day and age.
There was a bloke named Drew who bought (as far as I know) the first 13B turbo to Ballarat, in a yellow rx3 coupe he bought off Chris Dalton, with 20psi sucking through a sidedraft weber, it smashed everything in the early 90's, and ran an 11 flat at Calder. He came around the corner at the bottom of the Hot Gossip hill (is that place still there?) while I was waiting in a big line to get in and boosted so hard up the hill it was on the back wheels until 2nd gear and got airborn off the top round about, now I am sure you can't and should not do that these days (pretty bloody lucky to get away with it then too).
There was an immaculate (and I mean amazingly perfect) orange rx-2 coupe in a shed I knew about, I am sure that guys name was Shane too, I think he worked at Mars, I hope that car is still about.
Another guy had a yellow Rx-2 drag car he bought from one of Dalton's mates that ran 10's.
Added to that is a guy named Andrew who had an awesome R100, he had 2 infact as he found a full complete one behind a farm shed with a blown motor and bought it for $100, I watched him strip the 2nd one for bits and I only wish now I had known and bought it off him for $150!
There were others too, a red Rx-3 coupe (the guy worked in maccas), a chick that had a turbo 12A rx-4 coupe, it was a pretty healthy scene back then.
All in all Ballarat was an awesome place to grow up driving rotors, hope its still fun there.
Have fun on your cruise,