Pambula Motorfest says “bring your vintage vans!”

If there’s one group of vehicles event vice-president Craig Ruting would like to see more of at the Pambula Motorfest, it’s vintage motorhomes and vans.

In fact, at this year’s event on September 25-26, Craig hopes to generate enough interest to form a group display. There’s plenty of parking during the day: “It’s at the Pambula Showground,” says Craig.

“It’s actually pretty easy to get to. There’s no a problem with access … we get a fair contingent of trucks with B-doubles and the like.”



The exhibitors that frequent the Pambula Motorfest are an eclectic bunch, in fact, the event really prides itself on the diversity of its exhibits. Trucks, lawnmowers, bikes–even farm machinery is on display with more than 75 trophies up for grabs: ‘If it has wheels it will be there!’

Most of the big truck companies back the event, says Craig. “Some of them go all out; it’s very competitive!”

But you’ll also find modern Holdens and Fords, 1970s porches, 50s Chevys and Thunderbirds–and even veteran exhibits dating back to the early 20th Century. 

On the Saturday, exhibitors get to strut their stuff on a show ride around town as crowds line the streets cheering on.

The ‘Entrance Cruise’ runs from Pambula to Short Point, Merimbula with a short stop for photos then back through Millingandi Bypass to Pambula. Back at the pavilion there’s a complementary “Entrant’s Only” BBQ and raffle at 12pm.

Cruise Ford T Truck


A caravanner himself, Craig believes the Bega Valley is an ideal place to host a van-friendly event, with lots of golf courses, cosmopolitan dining, beautiful caravan parks and wide welcoming streets that are easy to navigate.

“The great thing about the Pambula Motorfest is that there are so many places to visit in the region. So for someone who is coming in a van [as an exhibitor or guest], they can come for the show and stay for the destination.”

Indeed, it’s a perfect opportunity to pack that Empty Esky that’s been sitting around for the past 12 months, with all profits from the event returned to the local community that’s battled drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

Couple enjoying a tour with Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours on Pambula River, Pambula.


During the Sunday ‘main event’, guests and exhibitors can casually browse hundreds of lovingly-restored cars, trucks, bikes, tractors, machinery and even boats in a relaxed, spacious setting.

Or get involved with the lawn mower racing, rock climbing and rocker cover racing. There’s even a Kids Zone and a rock climbing wall!

For the motoring enthusiast, there’s a Trade Fair and Swap Meet, a trash and treasure for the bargain hunter and for the gift-giver, beautiful hand-made crafts. Plus, food and drink stalls for all.

This is the Bega Valley’s largest fundraising event. So come on down and show your support. Entry: Adults $15, Children under 16 free, plus no extra charges for parking. Exhibitors and vendors enquire here for more.