Events: Narrandera Rod Run 2014
Narrandera Rod Run turns 30: Easter Runnies run when rowdy rods come to town
2014 Narrandera Rod Run
One of Australia’s staple car gigs, Narrandera Rod Run in NSW, celebrated its 30th consecutive event over the Easter long weekend, April 17-20. The Narrandera Rod Run was conceived by the Earlies Rod and Custom Club and one family in particular, the Alldricks. Ray and Barb Alldrick rallied their club to venture to the inland colonial town back in 1984 and continue with son Steven, daughter Emily and their fellow club members giving their efforts to keep the Easter tradition alive. Now, a third generation is growing up in this rod run tradition.
Curvy cars of every colour and year rolled in and filled motels, hotels, B&Bs and Lake Talbot caravan park – an entire town filled with rowdy V8 beasts.
Saturday’s big cruise day was an hour and a half’s drive out to Peel Street in neighbouring Junee, where rodders dispersed for a relaxed lunch in the sun. The horde later swung by the Junee Chocolate Factory. Gluttons, including yours truly, then re-grouped back at Narrandera before the main event took place.
The famous draw card of the Narrandera weekend is Saturday’s cruise night. Out-of-towners flocked in, locals lined the footpaths and cars filled the main drag. And the boys in blue were barely seen all night – a testament to how well-behaved everybody was. Every take-away shop in town had a queue out the door. It’s like carnivale, except fins, chrome, painted flames and side-exit exhausts made up the costumes; and rockabilly music filled the air. Youngsters stuck out their thumbs, hoping for a ride in a dream car.
Sunday’s show ‘n’ shine filled the local sports oval and spilled onto surrounding parkland, and people sticky-beaked their way through the plethora picking the award-winners.
Top Rod went to Dennis Athans with his red 1932 Ford Tudor, Top Custom went to Ian Harris for his 1955 Chevy Nomad, the Young Rodder title holder was Reannan Judd for her 1963 Chevrolet, Top Ride was the 1964 Holden of Hayden Bull and Ray and Bev Charleton’s red 1948 Ford took out the Town Pick award.
With poker runs, egg hunts, live rockabilly bands, catered meals and endless scenic cruising to various neighbouring towns in the rural region, everyone's involved.
If you’re even remotely into the rods, customs and street machines, pack up and go next year. It’s an old-school rev-fest of colour and noise for every family, whether petrolheads or not.
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