The biannual Chev Convention put on by the 55 56 57 Chevrolet club of Victoria found itself in a new location this year. Situated on the banks of the Murray River, the twin towns of Echuca and Moama played host to the club and participants of the 11th bow tie spectacular. The historic port of Echuca with its paddle steamer fleet, historical buildings and open view streetscape complete with horse and carriage rides was the perfect setting for a family weekend away combined with their favourite vocation of classic cars and cruising.
Saturday’s laid-back affair saw registered participants partake in a poker run, leaving from the registration point and cruise through Echuca’s bustling country streets, across the historic Echuca/Moama steel girder bridge and arrive at the Moama sporting club for a catch up with friends and a bite of lunch. From here it was free time and a chance to explore the towns and surrounding agricultural district, taking in all its tourist attractions and activities.
The Moama RSL hosted Saturday night’s dinner and dance with assistance from Exploded View as they belted out the classics keeping the dance-floor busy. Sunday shone bright as those who survived the night’s activities rose early to set up for the show n shine held amongst the picturesque leafy grounds of the Echuca Aquatic Reserve.
Another new aspect of the classic car event this year saw it open to all makes and models and not just the bow tie brigade. This was certainly evident at Sunday’s show ‘n shine as the line-up of shiny Chevys on show was complimented by the gleaming paint and chrome of a wide variety of other makes and models covering everything from lovingly restored vintage vehicles through to various British and European machines from past and present. Ford presented well too with a contingent of Mustangs and other models while a couple of custom Harleys represented the biking fraternity.
The shady grounds were soon filled beyond capacity with over 181 vehicles as their owners took part in the vibrant show, taking in the many trade stands, food vans and children’s entertainment while Exploded View once again took main stage with their classic covers resonating throughout the grounds and across the surrounding lakes creating the perfect atmosphere for a casual stroll amongst the many classic rides on show.
I spoke to Greg Rowe, the president of the 55 56 57 Chevrolet club of Victoria in regards to future plans for the Convention and he enthusiastically informed me the organisers had so far received strong positive feedback from both the town’s representatives and event attendees and would be seriously considering cementing Echuca as the location for future conventions.
A big pat on the back to the club and its organisers for running a trouble free and entertaining weekend and look forward to attending the next convention.
Keep on cruisin’
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