We attended the 2014 High Altitude Hot Rod Run Show’n’Shine in Toowoomba over the weekend of 7 – 9 March. A problem with the Hot Rod on the trip down on Friday, allowed us to see the great culture that exists in the Hot Rod Community. One call to one of the office bearers of the Toowoomba Club – and as soon as we arrived in the city, they directed us to a members home and before you knew it, the Hot Rod was on the hoist and being repaired by some of the local members.
After the car was repaired, it was time for the Friday night run to the local Fire Station where local fire fighters were kind enough to stay back from their shift to give a tour of their station and equipment. Prior to entering the station, the Toowoomba Hot Rod Club had organised a coffee van – with everyone eager to take up the offer of a cappuccino or hot chocolate – after all it was night time in Toowoomba – a little cold for Tropic Of Capricorn natives such as us! After the tour of the station, the crew then demonstrated some of their equipment by cutting up a car, cutting it into many pieces. Never to be the same again!
Saturday morning an early start at the Toowoomba Show Grounds for a lovely hot breakfast and then a run to the Railway Museum. A number of volunteers at this museum kindly showed groups around their site, with railway engines, and a number of different carriages. Photos lined the carriages showing a history of the railway in the area and other memorabilia. The highlight of the tour however was the Indigenous Carriage – the inside of which was painted floor to ceiling with the most beautiful paintings showing the history of the aboriginal people. The artist being an inmate of a local prison, who came every day for three weeks to create the masterpiece. Definitely worth seeing.
Sunday morning saw a run to the centre of Toowoomba CBD where some of Margaret Street was closed and all the hot rods where put on display. Certainly some very impressive vehicles. Some Rock and Roll dancers added to the theme. Even more impressive however was the number of people from the Toowoomba area who all headed down to take in the beauty of these magnificent vehicles. Great to see so much local support. There were other events over the weekend, which we didn’t get to attend due to other social obligations, but the time that was spent with the run was great, and we would definitely recommend the run to other Hot Rod Members. Click on pic’s below to view
Thank you guys certainly looks and sounds like a good weekend.