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> BURNOUTS, CARNAGE AND COOL CARS AT CASTLEMAINE ROD SHOP’S ANNUAL OPEN DAY

STORY & PHOTOS STEVE TITCUMB

IT HAS been a busy couple of months for the lads at Castlemaine Rod Shop in Victoria. First we brought 50 of Australia’s toughest street cars down to their joint as part of Street Machine Drag Challenge. Then a few weeks later, they threw their doors open for their annual open day.

Now, this wasn’t your average workshop open day. The event included mental burnout demos, workshop tours and a non-stop flow of cool cars arriving to take part in the show ’n’ shine in the church car park opposite.

The current in-house projects on display included a Holden Rodeo fitted with an LS1 using a Rod Shop conversion kit, as well as a long-term project of CRS’s Heath Waddington: a bare-metal, fullchassis, twin-supercharged LS-powered LC Torana. It gets pulled out and worked on when there’s some spare time, but as Heath admitted, there hasn’t been much of that lately.

“We’ve been flat-out all year, and even this week while setting up for today we had another containerload of stock show up,” he said. “But we’ve got a good crew of people here. The burnout demos are hugely popular, and a great bit of entertainment for the crowd. It’s been a great day and we’ll do it all again next year.” s