Mildura Weekly : Friday February 13 2015 Vol 9 No 14
16 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 They went and bought a Jeep... • From Page 14 Several of the amphibious jeeps passed through Mildura, on land and water, late last year on a river pilgrimage that ended with the an- nual gathering at Corowa, where collectors gathered to display their machines, hold a parade, and orga- nise deals with collectors from vari- ous Australian states and territories. KVE secretary Jan Thompson said the most frequently asked question about the club was why Corowa had been chosen as host venue year after year. The simple answer was that the township, on the Murray River just west of Al- bury, is central to most vehicle clubs, it has fresh water, with easy river access, and is an historic town. “The collectors enjoy the wreck- ing yards and disposal stores in Al- bury and Wodonga,” Jan said. “And there are a variety of shops, win- eries and antique shops to make this a family-orientated event. The townsfolk of Corowa have always welcomed our presence, and we look forward to returning each year to enjoy their hospitality and support. “From now up to 2018 there will be a large number of events com- memorating the 100th Anniversary of World War One, and we have been approached by Al- bury and Yarrawonga/ Mulwala RSL’s to partici- pate in a parade through their towns and display the vehicles. The Albury parade is on Wednesday, March 11, and the Yarrawonga parade is the following day.” Jan said the club had received further recognition in 1999, when the Guinness Book of Records de- clared the ‘meet and greet’ as the largest gathering (16) of Ford gen- eral purpose amphibious vehicles since the Second World War.” Those attending included the famous Amphibious Jeep ‘Half- Safe,’ which circumnavigated the world during the 1950s, and which was later donated to Guildford Grammar School in Perth. Three years later, there was more official recognition, when the Guinness book recognised “the greatest gathering of privately- owned Ford and Chev Blitz trucks since 1945.” “In 2003 the challenge was to get as many WW2 Studebaker trucks together as possible,” Jan said. “We had 21. In 2004 the Theme was ‘Year of the Dodge,’ and 34 turned up. The following year the theme was ‘WW2 Pattern Car- riers,’ with 21 attending. It was Armoured Cars in 2006, and among those on show were a selection of the rarest vehicles ever made. It was the year of the Cycle and Staff Car in 2007, and the fol- lowing March, Year of the Tracked Vehicle.’ “This was the first time people were able to view tanks driving down the main street of Corowa,” Jan said. “In 2009 it was the 30th year of this event, and the themes were Year of the Amphibian and Year of the Blitz 2. A total of 194 vehicles participated. “There were a record number of vehicles 266 - for Year of the Jeep in 2010. (There were 180 Jeeps). In 2011 a total of 190 vehicles were present for Year of the British and European Vehicles, and the fol- lowing year saw 165 vehicles take part. Then it was Year of the Trailed Equipment and Armoured Vehicle, which attracted a large variety of military trailers and armoured ve- hicles, including tanks.” Jan said the main days of ac- tivities this year would be Wednes- day, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 11,12, 13 and 14. On the Saturday the day will begin at 9am with a ‘drive-past’ to the Corowa Showgrounds and Racecourse, where there will be a vehicle display and a swap meet with a variety of goods including militaria, motor- ing memorabilia and general mar- ket stalls. A series of presentations have been scheduled for that night. Jan said the website where peo- ple can obtain information and see pictures of past and future events is at www.corowaswim-in.org and the Facebook page is corowaswimin Additional information, or in- quiries about how to register, is available from Jan on 0423 943 010, or email kveinc@optusnet. com.au. 8/636-668 Fifteenth St, Homemakers Centre, Mildura | P: 5023 6911 | www.bevmarks.com.au A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. “ ” Irish Proverb OPEN FROM 10AM - LATE STURT HIGHWAY GOL GOL, NSW 2738 PH: 5024 8492 firstname.lastname@example.org SELF HIRE AND DRIVE LONG & SHORT TERM RENTALS • 12-25 seat buses • Air conditioned latest models • Air conditioned utes • One Tonne Capacity • 3 Tonne Truck 5023 4366 FAX 5021 5041 COMPETITIVE RATES M HIRE SHORT TRIP CARS HORT ORT TRUCKS LONG TRAVEL DISTANCES LONG TRAVEL DISTANCES TRUCKS &CARS TRUCKS &CARS 12 - 25 SEATER BUSES FOR HIREE ELF DRIVE VEHICLES MOVERS TRAILERS TRAILERS BUSES TRUCKS UTES EE ELLFF DRRRIIVVVVVVVVVVE LL ONG OORR SH SH SHOR O TTER CCCCCCCCLLLLEEEEEEEES EE VVVVVVVVVVVEEEEE 122 - 222222222255555555555 SSSSSSSEAATER BUSESESESESSESESESES FFOR HIRE TRIPS RRRRRRRE OOOOR ORR HHHHHHHHHHIRIRIRIRIRIRIRIRIII TR OSS OS OS OS OS FFFFFOOOOO ATER ERRRR BBBBBBBBUUS US US US US US US USEEEEEEE TTTTT TT TTTTT TT TTTTOOOOOOO THE FASTEST GROWING TRAILER ORGANISATION IN AUSTRALIA.
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