Kathy Drake beside one of the hot rods during the Yamba event on Saturday.
Kathy Drake beside one of the hot rods during the Yamba event on Saturday. DEBRAH NOVAK

Yamba Rod Run a roaring time

YAMBA was full of thunder on the weekend – and it wasn’t from the clear, sunny sky.

It was from the rumbling engines powering the host of shining, lovingly restored hot rods, muscle cars and street machines that rolled into the coastal village for the 19th annual Yamba Rod Run.

Event organiser Lew Falzon from the Borderline Street Rod Club Inc. said this year’s event had been the biggest yet.

“It was fantastic; we had the biggest crowd ever and we also ended up with 355 entrants, last year it was 319 so it’s getting bigger every year,” Mr Falzon said.

Mr Falzon said the bigger crowds were a testament to “rodding” becoming increasingly popular, mostly thanks to a change in how people looked at the hot rod culture.

“It’s not like the old days when we were virtually classed as outlaws, I think people realise now that we just like the old cars and doing the old cars up.”

According to Mr Falzon, this year’s three-day event involved a number of cruises around the area, displays, trade-stands, kids’ entertainment, auctions, a parade and the always popular show and shine event on Saturday, where Yamba’s main street was closed for entrants in the competition to put their prized vehicles on show.

“There was a good range of entries; there were hot rods, American classics, American muscle, Australian street machines, it was brilliant, there was a bit of everything,” he said.

Mr Falzon said the impressive line-up of cars had come from near and far to be a part of the competition, with club members from areas like Brunswick Heads, Glenn Innes, Coffs Harbour and other regions travelling to Yamba to be a part of the run.

Mr Falzon said he was proud of the growth he’d seen in the annual event, a far cry from the run’s humble beginnings.

“About 19 years ago, a group of us wanted to come down here on a run and it’s just grown from there,” he said.

“More and more people started asking if they could come along too and now it’s what it is today – it’s great.

“Overall, this year has been fantastic, I just hope we can do the same again next year,” he said.



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