The borough of Queenscliff once again came alive with the roar of hot rods and customs as they converged on the quiet seaside town for the annual Geelong Street Rodders Queenscliff Rod Run. Over 450 entrants participated in this well-established event seeing them entertained throughout the three days from winery tours, theme park activities as well as cruising the historic town and the massive show n shine on Sunday.
Friday night rodders and their families settle into their accommodation before gathering at the main caravan park oval for a meet n greet and catch up with old friends for a traditional barby and a few drinks.
Saturday, for those called it a night at a respectable time last night were treated to breakfast put on by the club before heading off to the various activities on offer. For those with kids or who still have that inner child running amuck in them, there was Adventure Park with its giant waterslides, other water related activities as well as many dry activities such as go-cart racing or minigolf to tire them out. The high temps for the day made this the most popular option while those who prefer the finer things in life headed off to sample the local flavours at a number of high quality wineries.
Saturday night sees the town come alive as the spectacle of the cruise takes over the streets. People pull up their deck chairs or settle into the various beer gardens and sidewalk restaurants to watch the cruisers hang their laps in a constant procession of chrome and colour while entertained by an outside covers band belting out the classics.
The weather really pushed up the mercury for Sunday but this didn’t deter the many dedicated motoring enthusiasts and their rides from enjoying the show n shine as a pleasant sea breeze helped ease the heat while plenty of broad shady trees in the park provided ample shade for those looking to chill out. A huge array of trade stands flanked one side of the park for the eager shoppers as they were again entertained with those memorable classics thanks to the band.
With presentations completed early afternoon and raffles drawn, it was all over for another year as we packed up and headed to our return destinations. A big well done must go to the Geelong Street Rodders for putting on a flawless event as they do every year. Congratulations to Dean Mc Donald and Greg Morrissey for leading their well-oiled team giving participants a trouble free run making it one of the most enjoyable weekends I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in!
So, if this is your kinda scene and you haven’t had the privilege of experiencing this event before, I’d suggest booking in early for next year, bring the family along and I’ll guarantee you’ll have a ball!
Keep on cruising,