Rod Run ready to roar
By STRUAN JONES
THE unmistakable rumble and growl of hundreds of high-octane engines will again pour into Bright for the Iconic Rod Run this weekend.
This year will be the 28th running of the three-day event, which sees hundreds of petrol heads teeming through town for a celebration of all things cars.
The event is run by an assortment of car enthusiasts who got together six years ago and established the Bright Rod and Kustom Club and took over the running of the weekend from a Melbourne-based car club.
“The original event started 28 years ago with a group of blokes who came up here for a weekend,” Mike Dealy, treasurer of the club, said.
“The whole focus of us running the Rod Run is to bring people into the town, and we’re a not-for-profit, so everything we make goes back into the community, which is about $25,000 annually
“And the Alpine Shire Council said last year the event made about $2.5 million for the region, so it’s not what you’d call a small exercise.”
Entries to the event are capped at 500 cars, but it’s expected that hundreds more will be on the roads of the Alpine region, dropping into the event and enjoying the weekend.
Overall, more than 10,000 people participate in the weekend.
“They’re big numbers. We’re pretty proud of what we do, because there’s only 38 of us in the club, so it does a big job, and we get great support, especially from businesses,” Mr Dealy said.
Show and shine events like these used to be the domain of older males driving even older cars, but since opening entries up to post- 1977 vehicles, there are more families and couples getting involved, according to Mr Dealy.
The weekend is not only about cars, however, with a Rockabilly and Pin-up competition for women and children on Saturday afternoon, a market, a carnival and live music from Wilbur Wilde and Frankie J Holden.
For Mr Dealy, the weekend is the culmination of a lot of passion and hard work by the whole club.
“We have a lot of fun. The actual weekend is manic and we work our butts off, but at the end of it you look at what you’ve done and you it’s just fantastic,” he said.