New England Rods and Customs host annual Smoke and Iron hot rod run this weekend

Custom run: New England Rods and Customs member Greg Love with son Ben Love on his custom bike and Michael Clarke (centre).

Custom run: New England Rods and Customs member Greg Love with son Ben Love on his custom bike and Michael Clarke (centre).

New England Rods and Customs are hosting their annual Smoke and Iron hot rod run this weekend at the Armidale Tourist Park on Waterfall Way.

It's the twelfth year the club has run the event, which offers something for the whole family.

Club member Greg Love said it was a great chance for people to see unique and custom cars up close.

“We’re expecting about 140 to 160 entrants this year,” he said.

“There will be special interest vehicles, restored cars, and bikes.

The event kicks into gear on Friday night with live music from 6:30pm.

On Saturday, drivers will make an observation run to Uralla before regathering at the tourist park for the highlight of the weekend, the ‘show and shine’.

The ‘show and shine’ will run from 2pm until 4:30pm and is the best chance to get an close-up look at the cars.

The club will then run an auction with proceeds donated to a local charity.

The entrants’ dinner will begin at 6:30pm and there will also be live music all afternoon on Saturday.

“The hot rods are all pre-1948,” Mr Love said,

“Then we have customs from 1948 to about 1965 and there will also be special interest cars and bikes too.”

Many of the club’s members tour the region to attend events with their creations.

“It’s like a big family,” Mr Love said.

Drivers will take their vehicles to the Mann Street skid pan on Sunday.

“It should be a great event for everyone,” Mr Love said.

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