Humble Kombi drives up good vibes at Yamba festival

CONVOY: The Kombis make a colourful display.
CONVOY: The Kombis make a colourful display. Jeremy Billett

THERE'S just something about the humble Volkswagen Kombi that makes people smile.

Children's eyes always light up at the sight of the brightly-coloured camper- vans, and they have to be one of the only vehicles that motorists won't get annoyed at when they're humming at 90kmh on the highway.

The only thing better than a Kombi? A whole procession of them.

On Saturday, 21 vans - with registration plates from at least three states - lined up to take part in Surfing the Coldstream's first Kombi convoy.

It was a full day for van owners, with breakfast at Yamba's Leche cafe followed by lunch at the Maclean Hotel.

And while most people had never met each other, there was an exciting sense of camaraderie that came with comparing car interiors and rust patches, and discussing the importance of a good mechanic.



PEACE: Participants in the Surfing the Coldstream Kombi display.
PEACE: Participants in the Surfing the Coldstream Kombi display. Jeremy Billett

The good vibes were amplified on the cruise back into Yamba, as the procession snaked its way around the headland before reaching its destination at the festival grounds.

Surfing the Coldstream organiser Phil Nicholas said the addition of the Kombi cruise and show to the annual music and arts festival had been a great success.

"We waited quite a long time for the registrations to pick up... and then right at the end we hit our target of 20 within about two weeks, and they're all parked up there and they look absolutely beautiful," he told The Daily Examiner on Saturday.

"It's given everyone something to do, because they get some great food, they'll listen to the music and they'll go for a wander and, especially if they've got kids, it's like 'well let's go and look at the Kombi vans'."

Topics:  kombi surfing the coldstream festival

Reaching for books at local library

Clarence Regional Librarian Kathryn Breward with one of the popular Di Morrissey novels.

Whats' the most popular book borrowed?

Hemingway unearth another dimension to Yamba stage

UNIQUE SOUND: Hemingway will be at Yamba's Pacific Hotel next Saturday night.

Brothers' "do or die” pact to make a career out of the music

Pacific Highway collision causes 600L diesel spill

Hazmat van Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate.

Environmental disaster averted as fire crews mop up spill

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Hemingway unearth another dimension to Yamba stage

UNIQUE SOUND: Hemingway will be at Yamba's Pacific Hotel next Saturday night.

Brothers' "do or die” pact to make a career out of the music

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Maclean High brings the colour to blonde production

Saskia Ramsey is fabulous in her role of Elle in a scene from rehearsals for Maclean High's production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Maclean High puts on high energy show

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture:

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

The hardest place in the state to find a rental property

RENTAL SHORTAGE: Richmond River, Ballina Bar Emigrant Creek Pacific Highway Teven Interchange. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star

Not enough supply to meet insatiable demand

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!