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> CASTLEMAINE ROD SHOP PUTS ON ANOTHER CRACKER OF AN EVENT FOR ITS 2017 OPEN DAY

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THE crew at Castlemaine Rod Shop sure know their way around the spanners, but they also know how to put on an awesome show. Their annual Open Day, held on Saturday 18 November, featured top-level burnout demos every hour, workshop tours showcasing current builds, live music, a bar and barbeque area, and all topped off with a show ’n’ shine.

The 2017 Open Day built on the popularity of last year’s event, with crowd numbers up significantly.

“The show was massive; we’re really happy,” said Rod Shop co-owner Marc Waddington.

The burnout demonstrations were extremely popular. Every hour patrons were entertained by two cars disposing of tyres in double-quick time on the Rod Shop’s very own purposebuilt pad. CRS’s in-house project car, the bare-metal Real Deal LC Torana, was kept for the finale to wrap up the day. It was its first public appearance out on the pad, and it didn’t disappoint.

Head inside and the entire workshop was open to walk through, with Rod Shop staff on hand to give some insight into what it is they do. A huge range of custom or purposebuilt goodies were on display such as frontend conversion kits, diff conversions, brake packages and much more – all good stuff to help bring your old girl into the future.

A noteworthy addition to the event this year was being able to get up close and personal to the latest Rod Shop project, War Bird. A 1965 XP Falcon powered by a 565ci Chev, War Bird should be good for around 1800hp.

If everything comes together, the car could be headed for SEMA next year before hitting the burnout scene.