03 Nov

Old Bar Beach Festival – Rusty Wins an Award

The old bar beach festival 2016 was HUGE! The event hosted an array of attractions including a mega markets, live music, side show rides, pop up bars, food stalls, a surfing competition, fire works display, VW car show and the renowned Kombi cruise. This event holds the Australian record for the most Kombi/Transporter’s gathered in one area at one time and the number of participants is growing every year. The Manning River Times reported there were 249 VW’s entered in this years show and shine sponsored by Shannons and a total of 8 awards up for grabs. Two years ago I made it my goal to enter this event with the intention of winning the coolest rat award. As it seems 2016 brought with it some tough competition, so you can imagine how stoked I was to find out at 3pm in the afternoon that I had won it! It’s a great feeling to have my hard work noticed and Rusty admired. Thank you Kombi Event Hire for sponsoring and presenting this award!

The event is held every year on the October long weekend. Each year we choose to stay at Lani’s on the beach old bar camping. If your interested in joining us for the festival in 2017 we highly recommend you stay here. It’s a great location to watch the fireworks and a short stroll to the surf beaches and festival. If the waves are small you can hear the live music from your tent. Oh, and the best part is you can still have fires. The fire just need to be in a drum that sits at least 400mm off the ground.

Next year i’ll be entering a second bus i’m currently building. It’s a 1970 lowlight kombi with original antarctic white paint on the outside and a fresh white interior with original red basket weave seats. So stay tuned for the big reveal which is due sometime in early 2017;)

Old Bar Beach Festival Coolest Rat Bus Award Winners

A big thank you to Kombi Event Hire for sponsoring this award!

Here is some of our competition and winning rides.

Volkswagen Kombi Samba Splitscreen 21 Window Red Black Australian

Winner of Best Splitty

1964 rat rod single cab splitscreen kombi bus

Nice looking 1964 ratty single cab bus

Deluxe Kombi 1972 Yellow Lowered BRM Wheels

A beautiful 1972 deluxe lowlight bus

Australian Delivered VW Westfalia Kombi Campers

Two westfalia campers.

1961 Splitscreen Ute white original

1961 Splitscreen Ute

Cyclops Light VW Kombi Rat Rod

The cyclops light displayed on John’s kombi

Rat Rust Kombi Lowlight 1972

Most Novel Kombi Winner

1970 Deluxe Kombi Bus

A tidy and original 1970 deluxe bus

1960 white single cab kombi ute

A beautiful single cab ute

Old Bar Kombi Cruise 2016

The line up