The drive be­hind Kombi vans vis­it­ing Stan­thorpe

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE | WHAT’S ON -

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.

PHOTO: JES­SICA ROBERT­SON

CRUIS­ING THROUGH: The vans are com­ing to town.

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