Eleventh an­nual rod run in Halls Gap

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Halls Gap will wel­come more than 150 hotrods and cus­tom cars as well as hun­dreds of hotrod en­thu­si­asts who will make their an­nual pil­grim­age to the tourist town at the week­end.

Horsham-based Old Skool Hotrod Club or­gan­ises the Halls Gap Rod Run, which will again fea­ture a va­ri­ety of ‘hot­ted up’ and mod­i­fied pre-1966 ve­hi­cles through­out the week­end.

The run starts on Fri­day and con­tin­ues through Satur­day and Sun­day.

The event in­cludes an ‘Old Skool’ rock­a­billy and vin­tage cloth­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Halls Gap hall on Satur­day, fea­tur­ing rod-run en­trants from the re­gion and Mel­bourne.

Now in it’s 11th year, the event will fo­cus on en­trants and spec­ta­tors cel­e­brat­ing cars and a life­style from a by­gone era in the tran­quil sur­rounds of one the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions in Vic­to­ria.

Vis­i­tors to Halls Gap through­out the week­end will see a va­ri­ety of hot-rod and cus­tom ve­hi­cles orig­i­nally built from 1920 to 1965 and mod­i­fied to meet mod­ern safety and per­for­mance stan­dards.

En­trants will start ar­riv­ing from across Vic­to­ria and in­ter­state on Fri­day, where they will en­joy ‘diner-style’ burg­ers while catch­ing up with fel­low hot rod­ders and friends.

Satur­day ac­tiv­i­ties will start with break­fast, a hot-rod ob­ser­va­tion cruise to Stawell and a visit to Halls Gap Ho­tel for a sit-down lunch, which will also pro­vide vis­i­tors with an im­promptu car show.

After­noon ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude the rock­a­billy-retro cloth­ing com­pe­ti­tion at 3pm, while other en­thu­si­asts will be cruis­ing in their cars in and around Halls Gap as they visit the many shops and at­trac­tions on of­fer. In the evening a band will per­form.

Af­ter break­fast on Sun­day, car own­ers and driv­ers will as­sem­ble their ve­hi­cles at the north­ern end of the Halls Gap Car­a­van Park for a show and shine dis­play from 10am to 1.30pm.

Spec­ta­tor en­try to the show will be via gold coin.

Club pres­i­dent An­drew Hobbs urged peo­ple to make the most of the oc­ca­sion and visit Halls Gap.

“Why not take the fam­ily to visit Halls Gap, check out the sights and get up close to the hot-rods and cus­tom life­style?” he said.

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