Bright Days HOT NIGHTS

THE 2015 BRIGHT ROD RUN NOTCHED UP A QUARTER-CENTURY OF ALPINE VICTORIA’S ICONIC WEEKEND-LONG EVENT

STORY STEVE TITCUMB PHOTOS CHRIS THOROGOOD

THE NEW ORGANISATION HAS ALLOWED ANYTHING PRE-1977 TO PARTICIPATE, SO THERE’S BEEN INCREASING INVOLVEMENT FROM THE STREET MACHINE FRATERNITY. NO COMPLAINTS FROM US!

OVER 25 years, the Bright Rod Run has become one of the most popular events of its kind in Australia, held in the alpine township of Bright, 300 clicks north-east of Melbourne. The run was founded by the Northern Suburbs Street Rod Club, who managed the event each November until 2012, after which they decided to move it to Lake Mulwala. But given the large tourism boost the run brought to the town each year, the Bright community decided to continue the tradition themselves, with the event now overseen by the Bright Rod & Kustom Club.

With the new organisation allowing anything pre-1977 to participate, there’s been increasing involvement from the street machine fraternity. No complaints from us!

The 2015 event was a cracker, with perfect spring weather and the town centre jammed with hot rods, customs and muscle cars.

As always, the highly sought-after parking spots around the clock tower were packed with cool cars to drool over, while everyone rocked away to the live bands playing out front of the adjacent pub. Along the nearby streets things were a little more relaxed, with people kicking back on deckchairs enjoying a quiet drink or

two and digging the cruising action late into the night. Friday was the biggest night for cruising, though Saturday was by no means quiet either.

Sunday was show ’n’ shine day, held at the local cricket ground, a family-friendly affair that included a sideshow with plenty of rides to keep the kids entertained and an oval packed with gleaming show cars to take in. Among the prize winners were Dave Maiolo’s blown big-block 1941 Willys coupe (cover car for the first Street Machine Hot Rod back in 2004), which took home Top Hot Rod, while Best Custom went to Paul Vanzella’s pink 1960 Dodge.

All up, Bright remains a cracker of an event, though we also enjoy the Lake Mulwala run. There are plenty of big car events in picturesque locations these days – including the Queenscliff Rod Run – but there is something about the quaint township of Bright and the killer landscape that seems to hold a magnetic attraction for hot car owners. s

THE HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER PARKING SPOTS AROUND THE CLOCK TOWER WERE PACKED WITH COOL CARS TO DROOL OVER