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Manly VW Kombi Rally

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Thinking of Kombi vans evokes images for me of the beach, blonde-haired surfers, camping, the 60's and hippies. Those were the days when life was simpler and, whilst one can't bring back the 60's, I'm happy to say there are still plenty of Kombi vans around.

Manly VW Kombi Rally

Built by German automaker Volkswagen, the kombi van was made to last and surfers will tell you it is the best surf machine on the planet. Great for carrying surfboards, wetsuits, beer and mattresses, they'll be around long after the latest Smartphone is rendered obsolete.

The good news is, should you wish to relive some of the era, you can do so at Manly when the VW Kombi Rally (part of the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro) takes place on Saturday 23rd March.

From 9.30am, a display of various colourful retro vans will grace the beachfront of South Steyne from Wentworth Street to Manly Life Saving Club. Peruse the iconic and classic 'veedubs' (as they're affectionately known) and maybe catch a glimpse of 11x World Surf Champion Kelly Slater as he participates in the surf competition.

Manly Beach

Who can resist the chilled vibes of the beach and with this event there also comes art installations, surfboard shaping from the world's best board crafters, skate competitions, pop-up shops, bars and drink specials as you sit amongst views of pine trees, the sand and the waves.

Nearby, The Corso area will host a number of festivities and off-beach activations. Take a stroll and check out the artisan markets and gourmet treats and drop into Hotel Steyne to further soak up the essence of Manly.

The Drop Festival is taking place too. From 3pm, get your music vibes in Keirle Park from sister and brother act Julia and Angus Stone headlining The Jungle Giants, surf rock legends Hockey Dad, indie pop duo Client Liaison and singer-songwriter/guitarist Alex the Astronaut. Tickets for this adults only (18 ) musical event are $95 per person, plus booking fee.

So come over to Manly and enjoy a great day out that's sure to be filled with lasting memories.
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When: From 9.30am
Where: South Steyne beach front, The Corso & Keirle Park
Cost: Kombi Rally & Surf Pro activities free; Drop Festival $95p.p.
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Our VW Microbus was purchased in 1978, second hand with low mileage, an upgrade from our 1966 model VW 'Beetle'. Had many a good holiday with our two boys up and down the NSW North and South Coast and one trip to Dubbo. It transported my elderly parents to family gatherings. Mother's Day to Warragamba Dam and Father's Day to Cataract Dam. Across Bass Strait to Tasmania on the vehicular/passenger ferry for two weeks. Never missed a beat. The only major work was a gear box replacement when 'hubby' thought we could travel on the beach at Ballina. WRONG! It was not an off road 4WD as he found out! HHB-222, where are you now?
by Gloria (score: 2|275) 220 days ago
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