The 23rd annual Chryslers On The Murray BY Josh Morrison
The annual Chryslers on the Murray event started back in 1990 in the Albury/Wodonga region with a little over 60 vehicles in a 1 day event. Over the past 20 years it has grown into a 3 day event with over 600 chryslers travelling from all around our nation and some from overseas. It welcomes Chrysler vehicles of Australian and American design of any era.
The 3 day event is host to a number of social drives to local wineries, tourist attractions and local businesses, and included is a swap meet for buyers alike to find that elusive part they have been searching for and for locals to grab a piece of Chrysler history. And for those whom like a little diversion in the festivities, food stalls, merchandise and kids games draw the die hard fans to the skirts of this well organised extravaganza.
The Chrysler Rally 2015 descended upon the Border with glitz and glamour on March 14, and beautiful weather meant an enormous crowd took in the sights and sites. From the elderly to the babies, cars from all eras were represented, enticing the old and the young to ooo and ahh over the row upon row of colour, chrome and Chrysler.
Being professionally run has helped it become the success it is today, although nearly all work is carried out by volunteers. The cost of running the event is kept to a minimum through sponsorship from major sponsors and from local and state government.
The Chryslers on the Murray was held at the local Gateway Lakes in Wodonga, where there were a range of other driving activities being held out at the Tafe DECA centre at the Logic Industrial Park (next to the Woolworth Distribution complex). The Tafe DECA centre features a 1.6km long race track with a skid pan on the front straight, where the planned driving events included a Motorkhana race but was limited to 50 vehicles. Also included was a Dyno check and tune with thanks to Dyno Dynamics and the staff at Websters Car and Truck Repairs.
Other activities included an American muscle photo shoot which was held at the Kinross Pub and featured over 70 American muscle cars. Followed was the SS&A super cruise back the SS&A Albury car park where 3 Chryslers were to be announced to win cash prizes at the seminar after dinner. The guest speaker for the night was Rick Ehrenberg from Mopar Action Magazine, U.S.A.
We look forward to the next rally, and as attendance records were broken this year, you can be sure of a bigger time next year.