Rod run trib­ute to war fallen

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

SHOW AND SHINE: Ve­hi­cles pre-1977 will again pack Bright for the town’s Iconic Rod Run this week­end.

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