Warm welcome for hot rods

An almost record crowd was welcomed at the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum at the weekend where a display of hot rods drew close to 500 people to the Zephyr Street complex.

By noon there were about 75 hot rods on display as enthusiasts from across Queensland and NSW dropped by with their cars as part of the Wide Bay Rodders club May in the Wide Bay rally.

Historical Village publicity officer Brian Taylor described the cars as “absolutely fantastic”.

“There was a huge variety of hot rods, which were like vintage car bodies but converted to a modern look,” he said.

“A lot were lowered and had fat tyres and all sorts of other modifications.

“The amount of money they spend on these cars is unbelievable - one of the owners said he's spent about $15,000 on the engine alone.”

Rally participants and spectators enjoyed lunch at the village and a full program of historical displays, including blacksmithing and ropemaking.

The hot rodders left the village mid-afternoon but were seen again cruising along the Esplanade on Saturday evening.

Bowlers were treated to a viewing of the hot rods at the Urangan Bowls Club on Sunday afternoon.

Wide Bay Rodders secretary Jeff Neels said the people of Hervey Bay turned out in force to enjoy the spectacle.

“A lot of the visitors remarked it was the friendliest hot rod run they'd been to and they just loved the area,” he said.

The 180 hot rodders kept accommodation houses full and the club is already planning for a bigger rally next year.

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