Few of us are immortalised in statue, but Aussie icon Rod Hadfield was recently recognised in monumental fashion. On April 6, hot rodders, friends and family gathered at the Hadfield’s Hot Rods in Victoria to witness the unveiling of a hand carved wooden statue of Rod and his Boxer dog, Cody.  The sculpture is housed in an old time garage scene made of bush poles, distressed iron and wood.  

It’s the handiwork of skilled sculptor, Richard Yates, who has incorporated Rod’s work overalls, glasses, even a rag and pencil in its pocket along with a spanner in hand. The sculpture forms part of a series of five that Richard has carved, including a miner and a baker, which are placed in the Main Street of Chewton, Victoria (next to Castlemaine).

“It was two years of work in sourcing old garage items and obtaining permits,” confirmed Carol Hadfield. “This sculpture forms another part of the Hot Rod theme on the property with a Rat Fink in Rod’s Fiat made using corrugated iron, and a painting of Rat Fink breaking out of the water tank, thanks to the skills of Ryan Ford. It’s worth a trip to check it all out.”

Travellers are welcome at 624 Pyrenees Highway, Chewton, Victoria.

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