Rod Run ready to roar

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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