WHILE the utes are away, the vans will play.
Deniliquin had its ute muster at the weekend, but Albury was the place to be for those with a love for an entirely different type of transportation: the panel van.
Majestic Vanners Australia held its van-in this weekend at Hovell Tree Park, with a gleaming gathering of vehicles old, new and in between.
From vintage collectors’ items to the classic ‘Sandman’, there was also a small offering of other souped-up or lovingly restored cars.
For Anton van den Schoot, the trip from Ballarat in his 1961 EK Holden van was well worth it.
“It’s been restored to its original everything,” he said.
He’s had the van for three years and the vintage piece goes perfectly with his day-to-day ride — a 1963 EH Holden he’s had for 20 years.
“I suppose It’s just the way I am,” he says of his love for older cars.
“Modern cars have too much going on, I like the simplicity of these.
“I’m not a mechanic or anything, I just appreciate the curves, the workmanship.”
Event organiser Russell Smith said the Vanners were rapt by the turn-out, with more than 45 entrants and enthusiasts travelling form all over Australia for the three-day gathering.
It concludes today at Hovell Tree Park.