The Rod and Custom Run at Narrandera over the Easter weekend was one of the best ever, with 390 rods and thousands of visitors welcomed to Narrandera.
Organiser Steven Alldrick said it was the best he had seen in 20 years, with visiting rods from Tasmania, Adelaide, Brisbane and other states.
Mr Alldrick took the opportunity to promote the event to competitors at the Nationals held the previous weekend and his promotional efforts paid dividends with many of them coming to Narrandera for Easter.
“They came and were so impressed that they have already booked for next year’s event,” he said.
One of the reasons for the success of the Narrandera events is it is family friendly and that atmosphere was readily visible at the the Show ‘n Shine in the Marie Bashir Park on Sunday and the Cruisin’ No Boozin’ in Narrandera’s main street the previous night.
“The rodders had plenty of room to park their vehicles in the main street and walk to get food in between lapping the main,” he said. “There was a real family atmosphere and the street was much cleaner at the end of the night. The event finished at 9pm and the street was left almost as clean as a whistle,” he said.
“This is the type of impression we want to create in Narrandera, that we are a family friendly event and we don’t want any trouble and we want to leave a favourable impression on the town,” he said.
New arrangements for both events made for their smooth running and Mr Alldrick said he was grateful to the Narrandera Shire Council and the people of Narrandera in general for their assistance with the staging of this year’s event .
The new arrangements included a structured and designated area for stalls and amusements at the Marie Bashir Park for the Show ‘n Shine and an earlier start and blocking off of the main street to allow rods to park at the Saturday night lapping of the main street.
Mr Alldrick said the much more definied areas for for patrons and rodders at the park worked extremely well.
“It was great that we weren’t competing with the noise of the dodgem cars and children’s entertainment, which was located outside the oval, and could clearly hear all the announcements,” he said.
He said he had heard many favourable comments about the layout of the stalls this year.
Mr Alldrick expressed his appreciation to the Narrandera Shire Council, sponsors and the people of Narrandera for their support of the event. He particularly thanked the Narrandera Auto Club for its help with setting up on Thursday – about 25 helpers turned up – and the Vintage Restorers and Collectors Club who did a great job with their swap meet.
“It was terrific to have these clubs on board. I understand the Vintage club was wrapt with the support they received.
“That’s what it’s all about – giving rodders the chance to get together in a family friendly environment and at the same time give back to the town of Narrandera which has been supporting us for so many years,” he said.
Ideal weather over the Easter break also contributed to the success of the event and saw thousands of people flock to the town for the festivities. All in all it was a great event for the town and the rodders, who have already indicated they are looking forward to returning again next year.