It’s been a long road for the committee and supporters of the Castlemaine Hot Rod Centre project, but they celebrated a milestone earlier this year when they hosted ‘Autopia’, an event held over ten days which included a heritage hot rod display, a model car show and an art show.

While the main goal of Autopia was to inject some much-needed cash into the project, an ulterior motive was to demonstrate to the community that the project is worth embracing, contributing to both local tourism and the aftermarket auto industry that has existed in the region for so long.

“The keywords I would use to describe the activities of the CHRC over the past 12 months would be progress and consolidation,” said Larry O’Toole in a recent Chairman’s report. “Having signed our lease on the Autoplex site in November 2019, it has been solid progress ever since in getting the place tidied up and fit for use again, something that has been achieved despite the interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

While recent vandalism at the premises has triggered the installation of improved security, the project continues to attract positive support from local rodders, most recently with the donation of the damaged 1940 Ford tudor body which will be used for hands-on educational purposes. The centre also houses a Model A roadster and EF Falcon projects being worked on by students from local schools and colleges.

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