Rod Run roars into Taree

Terry Smith is the proud owner of this 1929 A Model Tudor Ford.

Terry Smith is the proud owner of this 1929 A Model Tudor Ford.

CAR enthusiasts were in hot rod heaven on the weekend, as the 12th annual Mountains to the Sea Rod Run roared into action from Forster to Taree on Saturday.

The Rod Run showcased some of the Manning Valley's finest vintage cars including a show and shine car show held near the Greater Taree City Council Chambers on River Street.

The wet weather and poential downpour didn't deter hundreds of spectators from admiring the 120 classic cars on display, for the judging of the top five cars and other categories.

Vintage cars travelled from as far south as Cowra and as far north as Coffs Harbour, with entrants also travelling from the Central Coast, Sydney, Gunnedah and Shoalhaven.

The event was organised by the Manning Valley Cruzers and helped to raise money for the Manning Great Lakes Riding for the Disabled, a riding centre which caters for the community's disabled population.

Each year the Cruzers choose a local charity to donate funds raised from their annual event held in the Manning or Great Lakes area.

Manning Valley Cruzers secretary Pat Holden said the top five cars of the show were absolute classics.

"The top five included a 1934 Ford Coupe from the Northern Beaches, a 1935 Ford Shooter from Maitland and a 1955 Chevy Sedan from Taree," he said.

"There was also an A-Model Ford pickup from Taree and a Holden One Tonner from Taree.

"The longest distance award went to a Dodge Ute from Cowra, and the GPS came to 433km.

"And the hard luck award went to a 1936 Chevy Coupe from Buff Point, which on the way busted a brake line and had blown a hose."

Mr Holden said the weather was kind for the event despite the threat of a downpour.

"Surprisingly we were extremely lucky and we didn't have any rain for the show and shine," he said.

"Everyone that was there enjoyed it, but it was unfortunate we couldn't get on the riverbank because it was wet."

Mr Holden estimates the day raised more than $4000 for the Manning Great Lakes Riding for the Disabled.

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