The Lake City Rodders were blown away with the turn out for the annual Valentine’s Rod Run on the weekend, with hundreds of people taking part. The Mount Gambier-based group of auto enthusiasts this year dubbed the modified event the “COVID Campout”.
Club president David Holdsworth said members were surprised with how well the event ran. “We did not expect it to be that successful, we do a Valentine’s Day hot rod run every year with a swap meet in conjunction with the good people of West Gambier Football Club,” he said.
“This year we had 52 entries from all over SA. “We lost two or three from Victoria, maybe a few more, but we had approximately 800 people through the gates. “We were conscious of our COVID obligations, we had two people counting and had a limit of 2000 on the actual oval and we had five COVID marshals walking around making sure everyone was doing the right thing, but there were absolutely no complaints from anybody.”
Mr Holdsworth said the club was thrilled with the response, with everyone enthusiastic about the weekend’s event. “We usually close the gate at 11.30, but there were still people coming in, we think it’s because no-one has had anywhere to go or do with that sort of swap meet thing,” he said.
The weekend included social events at the Pine Country Caravan Park, a cruise to Port MacDonnell and tour of Feast’s Classic Car Collection and Memorabilia before wrapping up with the show ‘n’ shine and swap meet at West Gambier.
“A lot of them are return visitors, but we had a lot of new people this time, there were quite a few new faces we had not seen before,” Mr Holdsworth said. “It’s getting bigger and bigger. “This year we really did not know how it would go, we thought if we could get about the same as last year, around the 500-600 mark, we would be happy, we did plan for less than that. “It was a successful weekend.”