US horsepower feast in Tumut

The Camaro, Firebird and US Muscle Car Nationals are making a much-anticipated return to Tumut this weekend.

Preparations for the Camaro, Firebird and US Muscle Car Nationals have been underway for 18 months but never more so than the last few weeks for the running of the three-day event, based around the Snowy Valleys Region.

A multitude of beautifully turned out American machines will cruise into Tumut this weekend.

Tumut accommodation is now heavily booked and areas around Adelong and Gundagai are picking up additional visitor needs.

The Camaro Firebird and US Muscle Car Nationals is being held this weekend with approximately $4 million to $5 million dollars worth of USA made Chevys, Fords, Pontiacs, Corvettes, Plymouths and other US-produced vehicles, built primarily from the early 1960s to 2017, on show.

Wynyard Street in Tumut will again be a blaze of colour from 1pm to 4pm.

“The public is very, very welcome,” event spokesman Dave Clee said.

“In 2016 over 600 people filled the street. This year should be more again.”

Dave, the Nats organiser working within the Camaro Firebird Owners Club of Australia, said he could not organize it alone without help of both Tumut locals and the efforts of club members “all chipping in to make the best of everything we can.”

Dave’s extended family all came from Tumut, and after a Dedication to William Clee at the Pioneer cemetery in 2015 he pushed for Tumut’s help and got it in bucket loads. The 2016 event was fresh, problem free and most of all, friendly.

“The townspeople are the best here, and that goes from Council staff, to Police, to the volunteer groups like the Men’s Shed, the Adelong Gold Ruins, the Montreal Theatre and the Wiradjuri People.” he said.

“The typical owner of these USA-made restored vehicles is an older demographic 35-70 years old, and professional pride takes place over any “need for speed” as they say.”

“The Camaro-Firebird Owners Club of Australia Inc extends a welcome all locals to come on down to Wynyard Street Saturday afternoon,” Dave said.

“If any local USA car restorers in the community have legally registered cars they wish to display in the road closed fixed times of 1pm to 4pm on Easter Saturday afternoon, we extend the community welcome.”

“During the weekend, many Tumut groups benefit from the clubs activities and supply manpower and provisions for the estimated 300 people coming directly for the Nats, plus hundreds more dropping on on Saturday and at the Talbingo Markets display on Sunday.

“Special thanks to the Snowy Valleys Council staff and volunteers; without your pride and help, we would not be here,” Dave said.

As part of the weekend the Tumut Montreal Theatre will host two special nights of entertainment. On Friday at 8pm it is running running the music and car classic 70s Movie “Aloha Bobby & Rose,” which has not been seen on the big screen for probably 40 years. It is $5 per head admission for anybody, and again sponsored by the CFUS Nats. Then there’s the big one, “Diamond Forever” the award-winning Neil Diamond Tribute show by Peter Byrne, starting at 8pm Easter Saturday with tickets $25 at the door.

“All up, this is the second time for Tumut, which has been the most, requested return venue in the events 23 years of not for profit operating,” Dave said.

“We thrive on good community attitudes and the Snowy Valley’s Region is just that place.”