Hot rods roll into town
THE annual pilgrimage of highly tuned, chrome-clad motoring masterpieces is under way as millions of dollars worth of vehicles descend on Yamba for this weekend's annual Hot Rod Run.
This year marks the 20th year the vehicles, organised by Borderline Street Rodders, have rolled into Yamba delighting locals and tourists alike with their modified, immaculate examples of motoring history.
Borderline Street Rodders president Lewi Falzon said this year's Hot Rod Run had special significance for the large hot rod family, who will be raising money for the Bowley family who were involved in a tragic fatal accident on the Pacific Hwy at Maclean on September 24.
Mr Falzon said Mr Bowley was a successful motor trimmer, with his work adorning many of the vehicles at this weekend's event.
"They have gone from a successful motor-trimming business to really struggling, so we will be raising money for them," he said.
On Friday the traditional cruise from Yamba to the Harwood Hilton for lunch will take place, while after Saturday's show and shine the vehicles will cruise to the Yamba Shores Tavern.
From traditional hot rods to American muscle cars, classic American vehicles to the good old Aussie street machines, more than 350 vehicles will line Coldstream and Yamba Sts on Saturday for the show and shine.
For people who can't make it to see either cruise, the vehicles will drive around their traditional home, Yamba's Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort, on Friday and Saturday.
Mr Falzon said hot rodders from as far afield as Victoria and Mackay would be making the journey to Yamba.
He said a standout vehicle will be a 1937 Ford worth around $200,000.
"It is a phantom based on a 1937 Ford that has a lot of modifications done to it."
With Christmas around the corner, Yamba Chamber of Commerce secretary Bev Mansfield said all Yamba businesses eagerly awaited the car enthusiasts' arrival, which injects valuable dollars into the local economy.