Revving up on the riverbank this weekend

TAREE Riverbank will be even more worthy of a visit this weekend as Manning Valley Cruzers' Mountains to the Sea Hot Rod Run comes to town.

The annual event has been running for 11 years and this year the Show and Shine comes back to Taree on Saturday from 10am.

Although the event began here, as it continued to grow in popularity it had to be moved to Forster Tuncurry to cater for the large numbers involved, regularly attracting more than 200 contenders.

The three-day car craze is the brainchild of the Manning Valley Cruzers Club that was formed 11 years ago by a group of enthusiasts with common interests and a love of their cars.

They now have over 40 members with that number growing. 

It was decided to hold an annual run each year to try and promote hot rodding and to help local businesses and organisations in the Manning and Great Lakes. 

A raffle is held each year in conjunction with the run where all monies raised are donated to local charities and organisations that have included Camp Quality, Ronald McDonald Beach House, Manning Base Hospital Children's Ward, Nabiac SES, NSW Ambulance and Nita Reed Dialysis Centre.

This year's raffle is a bar fridge that has a customised, hand painted hot rod design, as well as cash vouchers for $100 and $50.

People travel from all over NSW and interstate to attend the three-day event that kicks off on Friday afternoon at Smugglers Cove Caravan Park.

There will be early entrant registrations followed by a sausage sizzle and ladies trivia night. 

Saturday morning breakfast is provided for all entrants also at Smugglers Cover between 7.30am and 9am, before everyone sets off for the Show and Shine. Along the riverbank, behind the Royal Hotel, the Show and Shine is free of charge, but there will be people collecting donations on the day.

Don't miss out on your chance to see some amazing hot-rods.

On Saturday night there will be a dinner dance, with a 'rock-a-billy' theme and the fun will continue all weekend with barefoot bowls and lunch, at Black Head on Sunday.

For further information on th event or the MV Cruzers, contact president Peter Green on 6551 5866.

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