Bright Rod Run success
THE centre of Bright was turned into a festive picnic ground over the weekend as hundreds of well-loved classic cars rolled through town.
It’s not often you see groups of people in camping chairs set up roadside just to watch cars drive past, but that’s exactly what happened down Ireland Street.
Muscle cars, hot rods, American sedans with boots so large you could play table tennis across them, and classic Australian family cars were on display, all polished and shined, brought back to life and immaculately maintained.
The procession rumbled around town all weekend, under the guidance of traffic control, and the streets teemed with visitors.
The show and shine at Pioneer Park attracted thousands of people wandering around admiring the spectacular variety of machines, and stopping by stalls at the Rotary Market.
In the evenings, music could be heard from the Alpine Hotel as crowds packed in to watch live bands and enjoy the company and atmosphere.
The influx of visitors meant the Remembrance Day service was well attended, and even contributed to the event by including a fundraising poppy for every one of the 500 car entrants to the weekend – a contribution of $1000 to the RSL.
The classic cars could be seen touring the region the whole weekend, from the influx on Friday night to the gradual exodus on Sunday evening.
One car enthusiast did take the title a bit too seriously however, allegedly doing a burnout on the Great Alpine Road at Freeburgh in his 1966 Ford and was caught by Highway Patrol police.
The drive for the event comes from the Bright Rod and Kustom Club, a remarkable achievement for a group of 38 car enthusiasts, who organise the weekend with the extensive support from local businesses, service organisations and Council.
POPPIES: Chrome Joe’s hot rod parked in front of the cenotaph where poppies were on display to mark Remembrance Day.
COUNTRY ROADS: Motoring enthusiasts cruised around the alpine roads all weekend.
PASSION: A classic Ford GT rolls down Ireland Street.