Rod Run hits town Friday

By Robert Muir

The annual Lake Mulwala Rod Run has become a much-loved fixture on the local calendar and 2018 is set to deliver another outstanding event with over 500 hot rods ready to roll into town this Friday.  

Northern Suburbs Street Rods (NSSR) President Ray McDonald said last year’s sixth Lake Mulwala Rod Run featured a busy timetable of great events, tried and tested venues and hot rods from across Australia.

“It has been a bit of a trial and error process over a few years but now with our seventh consecutive Lake Mulwala Rod Run this year everything works well and comes together for a great event,” Mr McDonald told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“Entries are good again this year. We’ll easily have 500. We had 450 pre entries and we usually get 50 or so on the weekend. 

“From the first couple of years, where we had 900 entries or so, we’ve found around the 600 mark is a more comfortable number and makes the event a lot more enjoyable.”

Fine-tuning of the rod run from year to year has allowed NSSR to create an event which has become a win-win for both club members and the community.

“We have a core group of around 400 members who come every year to the rod run. That includes members from right across Australia – a big contingent from Tasmania and quite a few from Western Australia,” Mr McDonald said.

“Then from year to year we have people return who might have missed a year or two and new entries from people who might have just finished a car and are keen to get involved.

“The great thing about it for our members is that it becomes an annual reunion of sorts. For a lot of them this is the one time a year they get to catch up.”

On the other side of the coin, the event embraces the local community with club members keen to share their love of fine motor vehicles.

The event is specifically for 1965 and earlier rodded, modified and classic vehicles.

“A big part of the Rod Run for us it having the community enjoy the events as well,” Mr McDonald said.

“We’ve always felt very welcome in Yarrawonga Mulwala and our members enjoy sharing the event with the community.”

Vintage boats and drag races  

After the rodders roll into town on Friday, the first of the scheduled events begin on Saturday with a vintage, wooden speedboat display on the Yarrawonga foreshore.

The fun then continues with the Nostalgia Drag Meet at Wilby Park.

“The drag races are a lot of fun and everyone seems to enjoy it,” Mr McDonald said.

“It’s a great way to spend the afternoon and has become pretty popular both with the club members and the public.”

The drag races at Wilby were added to the program several years ago and have since proved to be one of the favourite events. The races run from 11am to 3pm at Wilby Park, Cemetery Road, Wilby.

Saturday street cruise and big dance

Arguably the most popular of the Lake Mulwala Rod Run events is the Belmore Street Cruise late Saturday afternoon and night.

Belmore Street is closed to all vehicles except official rod run entrants who cruise up and down the shopping strip showing off their beautiful vehicles for all to enjoy.

“The cruise is great, everyone really enjoys it,” Mr McDonald said.

“Again we have organised a dancefloor to be put outside the town hall for the rock and roll dancers which will be great and add even more to the festival-type atmosphere.”

The Belmore Street Cruise will be in action from 5pm to 10pm and the Rock & Roll Dance will provide entertainment from 8pm until midnight.

All the sparkle and shine

JC Lowe Oval is the only place to be for the Super Sunday Show & Shine.

The football ground becomes a sea of beautiful duco in all colours of the rainbow and provides a great opportunity to wander around and enjoy the beautiful spectacular of the hot rods.

There will also be a variety of trade stalls selling their wares, activities and entertainment for the whole family.

“JC Lowe Oval is the perfect location. There’s plenty of shade, it’s central to town which our members enjoy and being within the caravan park means a lot of our members stay there also which is very convenient,” Mr McDonald said.

“We will have a variety of trade stalls, probably a few different ones from last year and we are also having the SES and the CFA involved this year which should be great for the kids.”

Mr McDonald said everyone involved in the Lake Mulwala Rod Run was looking forward to a great event and hoping for beautiful Yarrawonga weather.

“Anywhere from the mid to high 20s would be perfect,” he said.

“We’re all looking forward to great time and another fantastic Lake Mulwala Rod Run.”