Bright Rod Run suc­cess

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY STRUAN JONES [email protected]­me­

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.

PHO­TOS: Jean-Pierre Ronco

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.

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