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Old 31-03-11, 11:41
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I too had a great time meeting many of the people I talk to on here regularly. And it was great to meet you Richard from all the way 'over there'. Here's to c2012.
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I also attended fo the first time this year
Was good to meet a lot of people and put faces to the names
Thanks to all for the friendly welcome
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Everyone, for those interested, I have done an article about my experience of Corowa 2011.

It can be found at:

www.owningtanks.com

Area 1 Section 7 "Other sightings Australia" -> Corowa 2011

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Doug,
Thank you. I always find your website an amazing place to visit.
Thanks for your great report on the Corowa Swim-In 2011.
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Old 01-04-11, 15:18
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Doug your report on Corowa is great. It is always good to hear different perspectives on the event. Hopefully by mentioning the pre-registration pack people might realise you get excellent value for $10. Next year it will be $15 and even if you aren't planning to bring a vehicle you will probably get a badge, sticker, vouchers, vehicle certificate, calendar, voting form and the information on what is happening at the event. I know people put this aside to read when they get home but quite often they realise they have missed out on opportunities to go places etc. Each person was given a 2012 Entry Form. We have received a number back already and I encourage people to get them in ASAP, even if you don't know what vehicle you are going to take. (You can let me know later.)

I must thank Richard Farrant for the hard work he has put into Corowa 2011. After arriving from the UK on Thursday he helped complete some of the last minute tasks. He is on our Committee and with the internet he will be able to take on some of the tasks I have been doing for many years.

We are after more members who are willing to help out at the event and from now to March 2012. Send me a message if you would like an Application Form. All it costs is $30 for membership and we have introduced a family membership for $45 per year. We encourage our members to put their thoughts forward which has been of great benefit to the event over the past few years.

Our next meeting will be our AGM and General Meeting at Corowa on Saturday 23rd July.

This year we had more commitments related to satisfying the Corowa Shire and it looks like they are going to be able to assist us more. Kendell Chubb, the Shire Projects Officer spent time at Ball Park meeting people and she provided us with a survey which was completed by more than 150 people. This has given the Council information on what we bring to the town. She was amazed at all the newspaper and magazine articles on the event which go back 32 years and the number of times Corowa is mentioned. I am also assisting her with other information for a report she is making and the Council will see how and why this International event encourages people to visit their town.
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Old 01-04-11, 15:46
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Rick and Jan

Thanks for the comments about my website.

Jan, from your comments, it appears that it may be the 2011 event that has made a major blip on the Corowa Shire's radar, where as in the past, they quite possibly over looked the rally as just another car club having a rally.
32 consecutive years and roughly 1000 people attending an event over a week in a town with a population of ~5,500 should be significant for them, so better late than never I suppose.
I wonder why it was this year that made them sit up and really take notice?

Rick introduced me to Kendell and she came across as genuinely interested and aware of what she needed to learn.
I don't know if it is me or not, but the inhabitants of Corowa don't seem to be at all phased by all these strange people driving around in old army vehicles.
I have deliberately watched and have yet to notice any of them paying much attention at all. I would however have liked to have been a fly on the wall when the FV-436 was angle parked in the main street whilst the crew had a meal!
One bloke pulled up next to me in a tradesman's van and I could predict what
came next "hey, mate, excellent.........but what is it"? I have no doubt that
my reply of "a Kettenkrad" meant precisely zilch to him: but he was chuffed to see something that odd being driven around Corowa.
I gave way to a Mum with kids in a 4 wheel drive and then 2 blocks later they
over took me. Hmmm, weren't they headed away from me earlier.............?
Who knows, may be in time some of the Corowa locals will join our hobby.

A suggestion: I don't have the solution by the way - but as you will have read in my article, there seemed to be almost a re-enactment of the "exodus" on Saturday arvo - how to encourage people to hang around till Sunday?

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Old 01-04-11, 22:14
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Wonder if the size of Corowa 2010 event finally made the council sit up and take notice, they seem to put work into attracting new events, but could well be that the Swim In has been below the radar to some extant because of the length of time it has been held, and its modest begining. Always wondered how much attention the council payed after they decided to resurface the the road to the Airport on the same day as the parade for Year of The Bren Gun Carrier.
I have always found the Locals to be fine, they generally are either intertested or totally ignore the event. Thats fine, we are the ones taking over their town for the week, as long as they don't start with the tar and feathers all is good. They are generally more than considerate on the road, roundabouts in particular, and give you plenty of room when trying to back out of angle parks with limited rear vision.
So a general thankyou to the people of Corowa.
Doug, people not only leave early, they arrive even earlier, the full length of the event from first arrival to last departure must be 2 weeks. I promise that next year if I am allowed to sleep, I will stay until Sunday.
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Old 01-04-11, 23:08
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Hi Richard

I had to laugh at "Always wondered how much attention the council payed after they decided to resurface the the road to the Airport on the same day as the parade for Year of The Bren Gun Carrier." because there is something about new pavement and MV events.

Every year the State is doing paving work on one or the other of the major roads leading to the rally site and they always are having the traffic drive on the side they just laid and rolled. Non-directional tires leave such a lovely imprint. Whats really a laugh is you'll come along the next year and the tire marks are still there.

Corowa really sounds like a great event, I've enjoyed the videos.

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Old 01-04-11, 23:52
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Ladies & Gentlemen, The Corowa branch of the MLU Forum!

There was probably more MIA than in the photo itself...
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Old 02-04-11, 01:24
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For those who missed the MLU photo hopefully you are able to mak it next year at 12.30pm on Saturday 17th March. It would be good to know who was there at the event but forgot about the MLU photo.
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Old 02-04-11, 01:34
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I'm sure I stood in the back row during the MLU photo. It would appear that after the pic was taken and I left the group staged another pic without me.
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Old 02-04-11, 01:50
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Euan

I was in the 2010 pic and remember somewhere between 3 and 5 people taking the pics. Yet I have only seen the one that was posted on MLU.

The trick is, to wait for the "official" photo to be taken and then you can wander off. No idea how to tell who the official is though.

I note that after last year's extended photo session, almost everyone has hats on this year, good to see.

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Old 02-04-11, 02:00
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Hi Richard

I had to laugh at "Always wondered how much attention the council payed after they decided to resurface the the road to the Airport on the same day as the parade for Year of The Bren Gun Carrier." because there is something about new pavement and MV events.
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It is a council "thing" worldwide apparently. When we were in Oxford, England in 2000 (doing the Beltring thing) the local council were doing major road works in the city centre - at the height of the summer tourist season. The congestion was unbelievable. The locals told us it happens every year.

In Oxford, uni students are banned from having cars, so outside of tourist season the roads are much quieter as the uni students are on push bikes, foot or public transport. The ideal time to do road maintenance one would have thought.

As to Corowa, February would be ideal bitumising weather............ and nicely avoid a hundred or more MVs heading for the airport.

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I'm sure I stood in the back row during the MLU photo. It would appear that after the pic was taken and I left the group staged another pic without me.
Yeah Euan, you might be right... I now recall that there was actually two "MLU" shoots when someone turned up & missed the first shoot...
When Keefy is back he'll post the other one that Richard took I'm sure.
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Thanks Robert, I was thinking that I may have been in Adelaide all weekend and missed the event.
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Thanks Robert, I was thinking that I may have been in Adelaide all weekend and missed the event.
Could have sworn there was a bloke there with a tube of 2 pack epoxy attacking a radiator that looked a bit like you Euan
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Thanks to Mr Farant I hope to be able to feature a write-up of Corowa in Vintage Roadscene magazine.
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I'm sure I stood in the back row during the MLU photo. It would appear that after the pic was taken and I left the group staged another pic without me.
Will this do??
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Thanks H.
(Some people have way to much time.)
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Old 18-06-11, 01:14
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Default Corowa 2011 report in Vintage Roadscene

I have just had an article on Corowa 2011, published in the UK magazine, Vintage Roadscene. It covers six pages with all colour photos. Should be on the newsagents shelves now.
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Forget the out of date pic! It's issue 140 you want...is it the July issue? Copies can be purchased:

http://www.ianallanmagazines.com/vintage.php

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