Hundreds gather for hot rod swap meet

Ballarat's famous hot rod swap meet - called The Fridge in honour of always frosty conditions - saw hundreds of car nuts get together on Sunday to talk shop and show off their wares.

In its 39th year, the meet saw people come from Queensland, Tasmania and New South Wales as well as all over Victoria to take in the hot rods, classic cars and parts on offer.

"We've had a great turnout, better than last year, including 70 coming to show their cars," said Ballarat Road Rodders president Dave Waight.

People lined for hours before the 6am opening, with ground floor spots worth a three-hour wait in the dark.

Bob and Kingsley Kuchel came from Mildura to sell their hot rod parts.

"I've been coming for 30 years. It's a good way to catch up with mates, the social aspect is a pretty big part of it," Mr Kuchel said.

Mr Waight said there had been a shift from just hot rods to a more diverse range of classic cars.

"(There are) lots more cars that we wouldn't have thought were classics before, like earlier Holdens and even up to XD Falcons," he said. 

"We're more used to the 30s and 40s rods." 

The traditional 'Freezer' run after the meet was cancelled with poor weather making a group drive too dangerous.

Mr Waight is already looking to next year, though, with big plans for The Fridge's 40th birthday.

"We're going to have to go even bigger next year," he said.

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