THE streets of Yamba were chock-a-block at the weekend as car enthusiasts flooded the town for the 22nd Yamba Rod Run.

Puffy skirts, rolled fringes and red lippy were just a few of the perks, with the restored vintage hot rods the main attraction.

Cafes and restaurants were in full swing, as were hotels throughout the lower river.

Moby Dick Waterfront Resort manager Leanne Simpson said it was a great event for Yamba.

"It is really good for the town with lovely people all here to have a great time," Ms Simpson said.

"It brings a lot of diversity into the town and puts Yamba on the map."

All 22 rooms at the Moby Dick were booked out and Ms Simpson said that was not unique this time of year.

"We've always been full for this event, but I think it's definitely growing," she said.

"There seemed to be more people in town and more cars, and more spectators coming down to check it out.

"We even had to have police diverting the traffic which we haven't had in past years."

Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort assistant manager Suz Harvey said she was thrilled with this year's turnout.

"Years ago it was just a weekend event, but now people are making it their annual holiday and staying a week or two which is fabulous," Mrs Harvey said.

"They're all here spending money and eating out, buying groceries, and some people are even doing their Christmas shopping."



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