Guests were treated to a free sausage sizzle, donuts, drinks and ice creams served by the Hodge’s 12 grandchildren.
The Prime Minister declined the offer of a sausage, but did enjoy a vanilla soft serve dipped in chocolate, with nuts sprinkled on top, Ivan told Mosman Collective.
“It was the biggest turnout we’ve had in 14 years of hosting the party and it’s wonderful to see the suburb come together and enjoy each other’s company,” he said.
“The music was fantastic, the weather was fantastic, the food was fantastic and to have the Prime Minister join us was fantastic!
“I’ve asked him if the Royal family can attend next year so we can forge an official connection between Balmoral in Scotland and Balmoral in Sydney.
“That would be quite something!”
More than 1000 sausages were served up for the hungry crowd.
Ivan and Beth, now in their 63rd year of marriage, have lived in Mosman since the 1970s, and became famous for driving their VW Beetle twice around the world.
The little blue car’s marathon journey began on their honeymoon in 1961 and in all its time on the road the car never broke down or crashed except for a minor collision with a donkey.
After 57 years ownership, the couple retired their Love Bug and donated it to the MOTAT motor museum in Auckland in 2016.