Eleventh annual rod run in Halls Gap
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.