Sun shines on a su­perb Rod Run

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - News - BY EMMA PRIOR

The 2017 Lake Mul­wala Rod Run has been la­belled as a fan­tas­tic suc­cess af­ter spec­ta­tors and entrants alike en­joyed a great week­end in Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala.

Vis­i­tors to town and entrants for the event be­gan to con­verge on Yar­ra­wonga on Fri­day, kick start­ing an ac­tion-packed week­end.

The sun shone and hot rods and vin­tage ve­hi­cles of all de­scrip­tions lined Bel­more Street cre­at­ing a great at­mos­phere through­out the town.

North­ern Suburbs Street Rods Pres­i­dent Ray Mc­Don­ald said for the fifth year run­ning the event at­tracted great at­ten­tion from the town and the week­end was fan­tas­tic.

“I’m glad you guys know how to turn the weather on, it was a su­perb day for it and the weather for the week­end was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic,” Ray said.

“We can’t fault it; ev­ery­thing was per­fect and went ac­cord­ing to plan.”

Of­fi­cial en­tries for this year’s event reached 515, a lit­tle down on last year but com­fort­able nonethe­less.

“We were happy with the amount of peo­ple and en­tries that got in­volved this year,” Ray said.

“For rea­sons we don’t know the num­ber was down a bit from last year but we still had a great turn out and the qual­ity of the cars was fan­tas­tic.”

The week­end be­gan with many rod­ders en­joy­ing the Satur­day morn­ing Poker Run tak­ing par­tic­i­pants on a scenic trail of Yar­ra­wonga’s sur­round­ings.

The ac­tion con­tin­ued at the Wilby Race­way on Satur­day af­ter­noon for the nos­tal­gic drag races which were once again hotly con­tested.

“The drags out at Wilby were great, they put on a great show out there,” Ray said. “It adds some­thing ex­tra to the week­end.” Un­doubt­edly the high­light of the week­end was the Satur­day night events, with the Bel­more Street Cruise and the Rock ‘n’ Roll dance de­liv­er­ing an elec­tric at­mos­phere.

“Satur­day night was the best part of the whole event,” Ray said.

“The whole town­ship was in the main street and it was ab­so­lutely packed.

“The street it­self and the restau­rants that were open were all choc-a-block and there was a great amount of peo­ple on the street with their camp chairs, danc­ing around hav­ing fun with the rock ‘n’ roll mu­sic and danc­ing out­side the town hall.

“The at­mos­phere was just great and it was a fan­tas­tic to see ev­ery­one hav­ing a great time and en­joy­ing the event.”

Fin­ish­ing the week­end at JC Lowe Oval with the Su­per Sun­day Show and Shine was the per­fect end to a fan­tas­tic week­end.

Mar­ket stalls, en­ter­tain­ment, rock ‘n’ roll danc­ing and hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles on dis­play lined the oval.

Fol­low­ing an­other great year, Ray said the event was al­ready locked in for next year and ev­ery­one was look­ing for­ward to it com­ing around again.

“The event is locked in al­ready next year for Novem­ber 9, 10 and 11 and many of the car en­tries have al­ready booked them­selves in and reg­is­tered,” Ray said.

“We are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing an­other great year and see­ing more hot rods, vin­tage ve­hi­cles, new and old smil­ing faces.

“Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala is the place to be on these week­ends and it will be great.”

Hot rod­ders put their much-loved ve­hi­cles to the test at the Wilby drag races Satur­day af­ter­noon. A hot rod­der takes his ‘pas­sen­ger’ for a Satur­day night cruise.

Burn­ing rub­ber at the nos­tal­gic drag races in Wilby.

Beau­ti­ful cars all in a row; JC Lowe Oval was a colour­ful spec­tac­u­lar for the Show and Shine.

Vin­tage wooden boats on dis­play on the Yar­ra­wonga Fore­shore on Satur­day.

Or­gan­is­ers were de­lighted with the num­ber of peo­ple who turned out to en­joy the Bel­more Street Cruise on Satur­day night.

Rock ‘n’ Roll dancers cut up the dance­floor out­side the Yar­ra­wonga Town Hall.

JC Lowe was cov­ered with hot rods in all shapes and colours on Sun­day.

Hot rods in all the colours of the rain­bow en­joyed a lap – or two – of Bel­more Street on Satur­day night.

Jam­mie, Ven­nite and Monique Vella were too cool for school at the Show and Shine.

Spec­ta­tors staked out their spot to sit and re­lax while en­joy­ing the show.

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