Holding an event for the first time raises the issues of when, where and how. For the Meteors Hot Rod Association, with current membership comprising several ’father-son’ or ‘father-daughter’ combinations, it seemed that the Father’s Day date was obvious, but with Canberra well known for its cold wintery days extending into the first month of Spring, the date would be a gamble.
The event was held at Canberra’s Federation Square in front of the popular Abbey Function Centre. With no pre-event registrations and low-key promotion, the club was unsure how many cars would attend. After a slow start, the display area quickly filled up with cars much to the relief of club members. The event was open to modified vehicles and cars with chrome bumpers which produced an interesting range of vehicles on display. The location proved ideal with cars able to be parked around the horse-shoe shaped central area with little congestion. Overall the turnout was higher than expected with over 60 cars registered and on display by mid-morning, with only a few cars using the overflow display area. The location meant entrants had plenty of options for eating and entertainment and the Abbey Function Centre also provided a jumping castle for children.
The event was raising money for the local charity supporting children with cystic fibrosis – Cystic Fibrosis ACT. A raffle was conducted to raise funds with half the money contributed going to the winning ticket and the remaining funds to Cystic Fibrosis ACT. Special discount sales were offered to entrants purchasing enough tickets to wrap around their vehicle. This led to a slow draw as several entrants had to check large amounts of tickets as prize numbers were read out. In a wonderful display of charity, the winner immediately donated their prize back to Cystic Fibrosis, providing them with $436 from the day’s fundraising.
The event was a great success and the MHRA would like to thank those who attended as an entrant or spectator, the management of the complex as well as the retailers there who welcomed the event. The entrant ‘goody’ bag contained a range of vouchers from the shops that on the day blended in to become part of the show. The event will be held again next year with the expectation it will become an annual event.
The Meteors Hot Rod Association is the oldest club in Canberra, having celebrated its 50th birthday in 2015. In the early years it often formed the base from which other clubs formed. As a young club, its membership endorsed the newly formed ASRF and was the second club in NSW to achieve ASRF Charter status. The growth in rodding in ACT saw the Canberra Hot Rod Association established to provide a conduit for clubs and individual hot rodders to be united to promote the hobby.