Almost ten years ago, after too much alcohol, some Australian van enthusiasts started talking about a "Fantasy Van Nationals".
There were some great ideas and some really bad ones.
The great ones included a central location that would attract the most amount of vans and enthusiasts.
VIP passes to original owner/builder and the current owner of every winning van in the events history.
The ultimate cruise route.
An indoor pavilion for the very best to be on display
It was all good fun while sitting around the campsite at a van event. Then it got serious.
A few years later, Fantasy became Reality - The 40th Australian Van Nationals.
Almost tripled the attendance from the previous year and biggest since 1984.
Original winner from 1976 was onsite. Winning vans from as far back as 1984.
A lap around Mt Panorama race circuit in Bathurst (Australia's Indianapolis)
Over 30 of our best vans displayed indoors under full show conditions - a first for our event
What would an American and Canadian National Event FANTASY be?
Don't rush. Have a few drinks first...
(another group of van enthusiasts from Australia & New Zealand hope to get back to North America in a few year time)
Sometimes one Van Nationals per year is not enough...
Co-Ordinator of 40th Australian Van Nationals - Bathurst, 2015
Also in 1999 & 2006
Sundowners Van Club - Sydney, Australiawww.VanNationals.com.au