Rod run tribute to war fallen
ORGANISERS of Bright’s ‘Iconic Rod Run’ will encourage participants to pay their respects to the Australia’s fallen defence personnel with this year’s event taking place during Remembrance Day.
“All of our entrants will be getting poppies as part of their entrant packages so hopefully there will be a few poppies floating around,” Rod Run committee member Mike Dealy said.
“We’re wholeheartedly supporting the Returned and Services League from that perspective and with the Remembrance Day service on Saturday we will be keeping the town centre free of cars and noise from early in the morning until after 12pm.”
The Rod Run is now in its 27th year and organisers expect Bright to be abuzz with thousands of classic and custom cars through the community between Friday and Sunday.
Last year’s run was labelled the best in a number of years and this year the recipe is much the same, with little change to the weekend’s activities.
“We expect numbers to be about the same as last year, we’re anticipating about 500 entrants on the football oval on the Sunday for the ‘Show and Shine’,” Mr Dealy said.
“We have the entrant barbeque on the Friday night with live music, the Poker Run will take place Saturday morning and then cruising will commence around 12pm.
“There’s also the pin-up competition on Saturday and then that night is the dinner at Pioneer Park which anyone is welcome to attend.
“Sunday is of course the ‘Show and Shine’ with presentations at 2pm and starting at 4pm is the after-party out the front of the Alpine Hotel.”
This year’s run will see an enhanced traffic management plan in place to ensure less congestion and allow other traffic to pass through town easier.
There will also be fewer parking spaces available in the centre of town – cars can no longer be parked inside the clock tower precinct while the median strips are off-limits to allow emergency vehicle access.
Despite the changes Mr Dealy said he expects the same atmosphere as previous years.
“I don’t think there will be a huge change in the enthusiasm of cruising, it is the biggest drawcard to our event compared with others,” he said.
“The circuit is so compact and with so many people able to pack into a tight area they’re two things that make the event so great.”
Police will again be out in numbers and will work closely with the rod run committee and Alpine Shire Council to ensure the safety of all those participating.
Police will adopt a no-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour while the enforcement of the alcohol curfew will mean no alcohol is to be consumed in Bright’s streets between 8.30pm and 12pm.
SHOW AND SHINE: Vehicles pre-1977 will again pack Bright for the town’s Iconic Rod Run this weekend.