One of Corowa’s iconic events since 1980, the annual Corowa Swim-In and Military Vehicle Gathering was awarded Community Event of the Year at the Australia Day celebrations.
Event Secretary Jan Thompson-Creamer travelled from her home in Sydney to accept the award on behalf of the committee, saying it was a real honour.
The event draws historic vehicles and enthusiasts from across the world and has become the number one event for military vehicle owners to display their treasures.
Mrs Thompson-Creamer has many fond memories of attending the event as a young girl.
“My father has a RAAF Ambulance and as a 10-year-old we came up in the back of that ambulance (from Point Lonsdale in Victoria) and it took forever to get here because we didn’t have the bypass roads and you had to come through the towns,” she recalled.
Nowadays her vehicle of choice for the event is a 1988 Land Rover Perentie but admitted to also having a soft spot something else.
“My favourite vehicle would actually have to be the Amphibious Jeep (GPA) more because of the event being around that initially and when I was married I came down the river here in the Amphibious Jeep,” she said.
The next event from March 12 to 18 will be the 39th annual event to be staged in Corowa.
Each year the event attracts the largest gathering of ex-military vehicles in Australia.
Mrs Thompson-Creamer credits the event for making some life-long friends and being an outlet to share her passion for military vehicles.
“The people associated with military vehicles come from all walks of life,” she said.
“While many come together at this event each year there are some who also organise to catch up at other times during the year, so you become close.”