Bright’s Iconic Rod Run

TRANSFORMING A PICTURESQUE VICTORIAN ALPINE TOWN INTO A THING OF EVEN GREATER BEAUTY

STORY STEVE TITCUMB PHOTOS LUKE HUNTER

FOR 27 years, the picturesque holiday town of Bright, in the Ovens Valley of north-east Victoria, has surrendered one weekend in November to the revheads. Decades on from its inception, Bright’s Iconic Rod Run still has plenty of mojo, with the town welcoming a lot of newcomers and plenty of regulars to the 2017 festivities. The roads gleamed with chrome bumpers, with custom streeters alongside the traditional hot rods and rat rods, and an abundance of classic Aussie and American muscle cars.

The traditional centre of the event is the town’s clock tower, but Bright has had some major streetscape remodelling recently, so the prized parking positions around the tower were even more sought after than usual. The changes didn’t affect the cruising though, and the event organisers placed hay bales around town to act as prime gawking spots for spectators.

Come Sunday, the town oval was packed for the show ’n’ shine.