Just arrived home after 4.5 days with some of the best company around. Every year this event just gets better and better and that would not be possible without the members who support it by coming from far and wide. From flying in from Tassie, driving from South Australia, Victoria and Queensland and of course NSW, you have all made me very proud. We are a diverse group of passionate Kombi Drivers and even when our beloved lets us down, some of you still came sans Kombi - and we salute you! We had a pretty easy cruise up in convoy from Heatherbrae on Thursday morning. We got a bit divided after our lunch stop at Telegraph Point but it probably made it a bit easier for the desk staff for check in anyway. The weather on Thursday and Friday was really nice - until Friday night at the meet and greet it started to sprinkle, then got heavier until we had torrential downpour - then it didn't stop - all night and all day Saturday. We had a few campers washed out completely - Choco and Summa were lucky to grab a cabin, Gerry and Robyn's spot became a river - Kai and Moe ended up with a mud bath. I am sure there were more so please tell your story. The non-attendees need to know how much fun we had - to make them more jealous than they already are. On Saturday morning, the rain made our photoshoot an adventure but what was amazing was that 85 kombis turned up - normally when we do a photoshoot there are a lot that find it too difficult to pull down camp and leave - well not this time - FANTASTIC EFFORT EVERYONE. The cruise to Bellingen was a nice drive and the town itself was very accommodating. Our gala dinner at the Bowling Club in our Op Shop Formal outfits on Saturday night was a real hoot! The meal was very nice and thank you to everyone for your patience in waiting for your table lotto number to come out. The staff were fabulous and the surprise guest judge was just a fluke. He was entertaining and as a result of "bribes" we have $105 to donate to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter on behalf of Kombi Club. Our awards were a bit of a laugh as usual and I am eternally grateful to Lorraine for her organisation of a wonderful event that ran pretty much to plan. The cake to celebrate 10 years of Kombi Club and the 9th Bus Stop donated by Roy was cut by a couple on their "postponed" honeymoon - married last week and had to attend Bus Stop first, THEN go on their honeymoon - now that is dedicated. Cornish did a lovely job with the trophies. I think the rain finally eased on Sunday about lunch time. Enough time to dry some things out and have our pull back and RC races, then the rain returned late Sunday night but then brilliant sunshine Monday morning - just in time to pack up and go home. :/ On Saturday night I asked if anyone would be willing to take on organising next year. A new member Deb offered and she suggested Newcastle. Her enthusiasm was appreciated but to make it fair, next Bus Stop needs to be "South", so I have asked Deb to organise 2017 Bus Stop. More details will be available soon while a collective of members from down "South" get back to me with their investigations. Lorraine has really set the benchmark for a brilliant event and here's to many more to come in future years.