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Military vehicle gathering set to impress

By Corowa Free Press

Corowa will hold the largest military vehicle gathering in the southern hemisphere in March, for the 40th annual Swim in and Military Vehicle Gathering. 

During the week starting Monday, March 11, the vehicles will be seen in various towns from Corowa, Mulwala, Dookie and Berrigan. 

Run by Khaki Vehicle Enthusiasts (KVE), in 2018 there was a record 270 ex-military vehicles. 

On Saturday March 16 there will be a parade through Corowa at 9am followed by a display of all the participating vehicles at Corowa Showgrounds, alongside the swap meet of military vehicle parts and collectable militaria, books, motoring memorabilia and a variety of market stalls which would interest the whole family. 

In the evening there will be a presentation evening in Ball Park Caravan Park, with the theme of this year’s event ‘Year of the Amphibian and Year of the Prototype’.

The event attracts collectors from throughout Australia and the world. In 2020, KVE confirmed it will be ‘Year of the Motorcycle’, followed by another ‘Year of the Jeep’ in 2021 and in 2022 it will be ‘Year of the Heavy Metal’.

“The townsfolk of Corowa have always welcomed our presence and we look forward to returning each year to enjoy their hospitality and support,” they said. 

On Friday, March 15 the vehicles will visit the South Corowa Primary School in the morning, before going to a local property in the afternoon. 

On Friday evening at John Foord Oval there will be Doug Draeger as a guest speaker and a parade briefing.

Saturday, March 16 is the main day starting with a parade down Sanger Street at 9am – this will go out to the Corowa Showgrounds where the vehicles will be lined up.

The majority of vehicles attending are of World War II vintage, from jeeps and doge weapon carriers to many different truck types.

In 1999, KVE achieved recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records for “the largest gathering of Ford GPA amphibious vehicles since the Second World War”. 

For more information please contact Jan Thompson on 0412 078 096, [email protected] or visit their website: www.corowaswim-in.org.