The drive behind Kombi vans visiting Stanthorpe
STANTHORPE will be the temporary home of 100 Volkswagen Kombi vans for the Easter weekend Bus Stop 2018.
The Kombi Club Australia has been cruising around Australia for 12 years, bringing Kombi enthusiasts together in a different location across Australia every Easter.
The event is set to attract more than 700 visitors to town for the long weekend who are expected to bring more than $100,000 into the local economy.
SDRC councillor for regional promotion, tourism and the arts, Rod Kelly, said welcoming Bus Stop to Stanthorpe was a part of council’s ongoing commitment to driving tourism in the region.
“Stanthorpe is an ideal location for the club members to come together and what appealed to them were our region’s beautiful natural assets and many tourist attractions,” Cr Kelly said.
“These events bring visitors to our region, money into the economy and enhance our community, and are a wonderful opportunity to showcase why the Southern Downs is so special.
“It’s why council continues to commit funding to local events like the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival and Snowflakes in Stanthorpe.”
The Kombi Club spokesman Leo Rowan said
Stanthorpe was an ideal location for the Bus Stop gathering.
“We have members that drive from all states to get to one of these and Stanthorpe is well located for travel and a great place to visit,” Mr Rowan said.
“We have worked closely with the Top of Town Caravan Park and the Showgrounds Society. They have been very helpful working with us on this event.”
The event program includes a photo shoot at Stanthorpe Showgrounds, street parade, fancy dress dinner party and remote control Kombi races.
Kombi van owner and club member, Brisbane’s Paul Henschke, said club members would post photos and stories from the weekend over the club’s forum and Kombi-related Facebook pages.
“We are expecting Stanthorpe to be given worldwide exposure,” he said.
The Kombi Club has more than 12,000 members both in Australia and overseas.
Some club members will drive more than 3500km to get to Stanthorpe and home again.
CRUISING THROUGH: The vans are coming to town.