Amphibious Vehicle gathering at Clarence Town this Saturday

JEEPSTERS: Robert McShane, Alex Gardiner from Hunter Trade College and Jacob Larkin with the Jeep. Picture: Marina Neil.
JEEPSTERS: Robert McShane, Alex Gardiner from Hunter Trade College and Jacob Larkin with the Jeep. Picture: Marina Neil.

There are only about 15 operational WW11 amphibious jeeps in Australia and this weekend at Clarence Town you will have the chance to see at least six of them.

The second annual Swim-in and Rally will be held at Clarence Town with a grand parade of vehicles at 9.15am Saturday.

Most of the vehicles taking part in the event were made during WWII with a handful from the Vietnam era. “Seventy-five years on and they are still going strong,” said one of the event organisers Craig Olsen.

Mr Olsen of Waratah West, Maitland man Rob McShane and Millers Forest resident Rick Edwards have joined forces to put the show on the road.

The amphibious vehicles were made by Ford at their United States plant in Michigan.

SPLASH: An amphibious vehicle pulls itself out of the Williams River near Clarence Town on the weekend at the gathering. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SPLASH: An amphibious vehicle pulls itself out of the Williams River near Clarence Town on the weekend at the gathering. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

This weekend’s event will kick off on Friday with the vehicles taking a run along Stockton Beach followed by Saturday’s street parade in Clarence Town which is expected to include dozens more vehicles. The group will then do a run to Stroud before a display on Saturday afternoon in Clarence Town Caravan Park.

Mr Olsen said the event is attracting enthusiasts from far and wide including Canberra, Bathurst, Queensland and Victoria.

“I think people are interested in these vehicles because they’re rare and a little quirky,” Mr Olsen said. “People are curious about the technology available in the 1940s and the fact that you could drive a car into the water and cruise around without sinking.”

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