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    HOT RODS AND HILLS: Hot-rod enthusiasts will flock to Halls Gap later this month. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

14th annual hot-rod run in Halls Gap

Halls Gap will become a temporary home of glistening chrome, vibrant colours and rumbling motors later this month when Horsham Old Skool Hotrod and Custom Club presents its 14th annual hotrod run.

The tourist village will welcome more than 140 hot rods and custom cars along with hundreds of hot-rod enthusiasts who make a pilgrimage to the tourist town for the event every year.

This February 21 to 23 rod run will again feature a wide variety of ‘hotted up’ and modified pre–1966 vehicles and their owners and drivers involved in events from Friday night and through Saturday and Sunday.

The event focuses on celebrating cars and a lifestyle from a bygone era in the tranquil surrounds of one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victoria.

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Halls Gap visitors will see many different types of hot rod and custom vehicles, restored or modified to meet modern safety and performance standards as well as their owners’ passions.

Some of the cars originate from as far back as 1920.

Participants will start arriving in Halls Gap from across Victoria and interstate on Friday, when they will catch up with fellow hot-rodders and friends to share ‘diner-style’ burgers.

Saturday activities will start with hot-rod cruises throughout the Grampians followed by a visit to Halls Gap Hotel for a sit-down lunch, which will also include an impromptu car show. There will be more cruising, shopping and visiting Halls Gap district attractions in the afternoon before an evening of entertainment.

After breakfast on Sunday, car owners and drivers will assemble their vehicles at the northern end of Halls Gap Caravan Park for a show-and-shine display from 10am to 1.30pm. 

Spectator entry to the show and shine will be via gold coin donation.

Old Skool Hotrod and Custom Club president Alan Harmer urged people to make the most of the occasion and visit Halls Gap. 

“Why not take the family to visit Halls Gap, check out the sights and get up close to the hot rods and custom lifestyle,” he said.

The entire February 12, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!