Military invades the region’s roads, river

THE nation’s military vehicle lovers have yet again converged on Corowa.

The focus this year is Ford — along with World War I military machinery.

“It’s the largest gathering in the southern hemisphere of military vehicles,” the secretary of the event for ex-military and amphibian vehicles, Jan Thompson, said yesterday.

People descend on Corowa from “all over the world” for the “swim-in” for general purpose amphibian vehicles that started in 1980.

“No other place gets as many vehicles together,” Miss Thompson said.

Jan Thompson said almost 200 amphibian and land vehicles would attend this year.

Some visited the Mulwala Primary School yesterday.

The highlight of the week — enthusiasts started arriving in town on Monday — will be a parade from Bangerang Park to the Corowa Showgrounds on Saturday.

Vehicles will line up at the park from 7.30am for the 9am parade which will be followed by a swap meeting at the showgrounds.

Miss Thompson said planning for the next two events had already started.

“In 1980, it was just a swim-in for amphibious vehicles and because of the interest overall with military vehicles, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” she said.

“Often people find parts at the swap meet they can’t find anywhere else.”

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