Overwhelming Welcome for the 45th Valla Rod Run

Hundreds of locals and visitors poured into Bowra Street on Saturday for the Show and Shine of the 45th Valla Rod Run. Photo: supplied.

THE Valla Rod Run, now an annual event celebrating the artistry and craftsmanship of hot rod enthusiasts, took place in the Nambucca Valley from 24 to 30 September 2023.

Paul Godfrey, President of the Drag-ens Hot Rod Club, told News Of The Area, “This year’s event, the 45th, was marked by an overwhelming welcome from the residents of the Nambucca Valley.”

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For the public the pinnacle event during the Valla Rod Run is the Show and Shine, this year taking place in Bowra St, Nambucca Heads on Saturday 30 September.

355 of the nation’s most impressive hot rods filled the street that was then closed to traffic.

Aaran and Deb Booth from Sydney who were visiting Nambucca Heads over the weekend said, “The great atmosphere and huge attendance at the Show and Shine was incredible and seeing so many people out on such a beautiful day enjoying the colour and spectacle of the hod rods made for a perfect visit to the Nambucca Valley.”

One standout fan favourite of this year’s Valla Rod Run was the army green T Bucket Ford belonging to dedicated hot rod enthusiast Natalie McClelland.

Natalie, with the assistance of her father Andrew and dedicated members of the Drag-ens Hot Rod Club, built this remarkable car in just eleven weeks.

She then embarked on a road trip from Sydney to Valla, arriving after just two days on the road.

The organisers expressed their deep gratitude to the many sponsors whose support enabled them to celebrate the 45th year of this iconic run.

As the engines roared, and the polished chrome gleamed under the Nambucca Valley sun, the 45th Valla Rod Run proved once again that it’s more than just a gathering of these special cars and their owners, it’s a testament to dedication and craftsmanship.

In Bowra Street on Saturday hundreds of locals and visitors turned out to see what has become a unique spectacle and real family event that certainly has won a place in the hearts of the Nambucca Valley community.


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