Old Bar Kombi Fest....was the best!!
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
92Trip End Apr 22, 2011
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Lanis on the Beach
2nd October 2010
We left the Sydney campsite in torrential rain which seemed to come out of nowhere, luckily we had just finish packing up and Gary had gone for his last pee before the journey. He came back drenched, water dripping off his nose and shorts soaked through to the skin. All campsites have strict rules about vacating the campsite by 10am, as it was five to ten we drove out the gate and then parked up the other side and waited for the rain to ease. The journey home was a mix of drizzle and driving rain, this is not summer.....Mark already blames us 'pommie's for the bad weather. We popped in Aldi’s for a quick shop before pulling up on Mark and Diane’s front.
Sunday 3rd October 2010
Did I mention that we had to be up very early this morning for the Kombi show, well to top this and the large amount of alcohol that was consumed the night before, we also had daylight-saving steeling an hour of our sleep, so we had to be up even earlier. The clock said 5.30am but our body clock and thick head said 4.30am. A quick shower and a final check round that we hadn’t left anything behind before jumping in the vans and leaving Redhead for the next ten months. It wasn’t the best of starts, the torrential rain made the roads wet and slippery. We lost Mark and Diane almost straight away so we just followed the Sat Nav hoping they would contact us when they had met the others and back on route. The others it turned out had left already but one of them had broken down so it didn’t look like they would make it. We eventually all met up about an hour into the journey and just in time for breakfast. We continued on for another hour once we had full bellies.
When we got to the show we left Mark and Di registering their Kombi while we took a chance that the Campsite next door wasn’t too full and could fit us in. As luck would have it, the owners were English and took a shine to our St George Cross flag in the window so found us a pitch and at a discount rate. We parked the van and walked over to find the others, which might have been difficult if Mark didn’t have such a distinctive Kombi, there must have been over two hundred Kombi’s all different shapes, colours and sizes, there was even a stretch limo version call a Lombi
If you have a Kombi you park it up in a field full of VW Kombi’s and you leave it open so people can come round and look in it. Mark’s beautifully restored 1977 model got a lot of interests almost as soon as he pulled up, people coming over asking questions about it and where he got part’s from. We had a wander round the market stalls but I was eager to look at all the VW’s. This was like a dream come true I have always loved the VW campervan and wish they have been big enough and reliable enough for our big journey....how cool would that have been. Still I was happy just to be strolling near all these great models now. I am sorry if you have no interest or love of Kombi’s because you may find the photo’s boring but just be thankful I didn’t put the whole seventy five of them on......’cause I wanted to.
It was very late on in the day, and very unlike Gary, but he discovered a free tasting marquee, there was Yellow Tail wine, Toohey’s dry cider, a local guy selling port and Carlsberg lager table. They were all very sizeable tasters and we both visited each one and had a long chat while they filled our glasses up. The Yellow Tail girl even took our photo and asked us to come back if we wanted to try them all again.
This is it we are on our own....Australia are you ready?