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Corowa military vehicle event on forthcoming TV show

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Hi,

The Annual Corowa Swim-In & Military Vehicle Gathering was held as usual in March, at Corowa, NSW, Australia. In the week before the event, I was able to make contact with Fletch from the TV series, Classic Restos. His programme is shown in Australia, New Zealand, USA and UK and focuses on car, truck and motor cycle shows, where he talks to owners about their vehicles, he has a good following. Negotiations were made with him and the KVE committee who organise the event, Fletch agreed to come along during the week and do a programme. Military vehicle collectors are a new avenue for him and the variation of vehicle types made it interesting. He was able to film a GPA amphibious jeep in and out of the water along with many other vehicles and their owners.

The programme is on Information TV in the UK, which I understand is viewable on Sky 212 and Freesat 401. Time of broadcast for the UK is not known as yet.

It will be on shown on TVS Television Sydney CH44 on 24th April and C31 Television Melbourne CH44 on 18th April

For other stations details please see the attachment.

 

regards, Richard

Classic Restos TV links.pdf

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Mark Fletcher, known as 'Fletch' to the Aussies has always been interested in vehicles from yester-year and he achieved one of his dreams in 2007 when he started the TV show 'Classic Restos'. He has fun filming and producing the show. The show has now grown with Classic Restos Route 66, Classic Restos Bikes and Classic Restos Trucks. He has just started his second series of Classic Restos Trucks.

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This is the first time he has covered a military vehicle event and it wont be the last! He plans to continue attending our Swim-In at Corowa and has had discussions with some of us about going to the UK. I will share some of my newsletter report with you: A few years ago we had made contact with Mark Fletcher, known as ‘Fletch’ from the TV program “Classic Restos” and he was hoping to attend our event prior to covering the Chryslers on the Murray but couldn’t make it. A casual phone call by Richard on the Thursday before Corowa prompted him to remember beingpreviously contacted and after several phone calls a deal was struck and he was able to attend prior to going across to Albury. He arrived on Wednesday in his 1969 Dodge Charger to start filming on Thursday. We took him out to the Wahgunyah Hotel for dinner where he met some of the participants which gave him an insight into the military vehicle scene as he has not done a program on military vehicles before. He was impressed that I was willing to help him with the filming and interviews and I made sure we covered a cross section of vehicles and participants. The day started at 7.30am with some footage down by the river and lagoon. Scott Rough provided the transport in his jeep and we made sure the Corowa Shire and Ball Park Caravan Park were highly promoted. At9:30 the photographer from the Border Morning Mail wanted to catch up with us and he asked for some vehicles to go down to the River. I phoned Richard who was wandering around Ball Park and he managed to rustle up some vehicles. The first person he spoke to was Bill Sjoblom with his Moke. Bill seemed surprised to be asked but Richard said it would make a good cross section of types. Another one was Richard Sanders in his GPA. They lined up at the top of the slope tot he river awaiting the call to move, a funny thing was other vehicles started to join the line, thinking it was the start point for the Thursday drive to the Rutherglen Public School. Fletch enjoyed the ride in the GPA and later in the afternoon in Bill Bates’ White Half Track. Interviews were done with the following people: Scott Rough - Jeep, Richard Sanders – GPA, David Smith – Meteor Engine, Jack Neville – Marmon Herrington, Limber and 25 pounder, David Furness – Nash staff Car, Bob Schutt – Armoured Scout Car, Julian Smith on his BSA, Cameron Reed in his Blitz and Hugh Thompson. He was also on site to get footage of people leaving on the Thursday trips. This will be shown in 4 major countries around the world so it will be good publicity for our event. Copies will be available once the TV program has been aired. Please contact me if you are interested.

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Just to add to Jan's post here, for those in the UK, Classic Restos can be seen on SKY Channel 212 and Freeset Channel 401. It is on Information TV and looking at their website the programme is broadcast on Saturday mornings at 8.30am (current UK time), but at this present time, I do not know the date of the Corowa show, as soon as we know it, either Jan or I will post it up.

 

If you want to check out the Information TV website, here is a link;

http://information.tv/WhatIsOn/TheSchedule/?day=2

 

regards, Richard

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Im a bit technophobic when it comes to our TV but if I can find it I will watch,its good to see our fellow collectors at play and the different variety of vehicles on show.I have made contact with quite a few Guys over there in the past few years so it would be good to catch up one day and meet face to face . :thumbsup:

 

How is the best way to join the club ?

 

Rob..................rnixartillery.

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I have made contact with quite a few Guys over there in the past few years so it would be good to catch up one day and meet face to face . :thumbsup:

 

How is the best way to join the club ?

 

 

 

Hi Rob,

Sending a PM to you.

regards, Richard

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For those in other countries who would like to see the Classic Restos programme, the attached document will give you information that you will need.

Classic Restos viewing list 001 (694x1024).jpg

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Today I caught up with Fletch and I now have the DVD from the Corowa event. All who were interviewed are in the DVD along with other vehicles who were in attendance. It is a great coverage of our event and all money raised from the sales of DVD's will go back into having him attend next year. I am impressed at the number of people who want copies and will be able to let you know how much KVE will charge per copy shortly after the Committee makes a decision.

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For people who aren't able to get Classic Restos on their TV they will be able to see it on a website for probably a couple of weeks from Friday 19th April. If you go onto the website and down near the bottom of the screen you will see 3 Classic Resto programs. The one to click on is the episode which airs on 18th April. It is not as sharp as seeing it on the TV so let me know if you want a copy which is extremely good quality. All the money raised will go towards having Fletch at our 2014 event and we hope he may be able to do more than one show. You never know in the future he may do a Series of 13 titled 'Classic Military Vehicles'.

 

http://www.c31.org.au/program/view/p...classic-restos

 

For people who have Gold Channel 84 in Australia the show will be seen in about 4 months. Those in the UK are currently 4-6 months behind.

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Hi all,

 

Just got the broadcast dates for the Classic Restos programme on the 2013 Corowa military vehicle event. These are straight from the programme maker and apply to the Melbourne and Sydney tv stations:

 

Wednesday 17th April TVS Sydney - V8 Dirt Drags

Thursday 18th April C31 Melbourne - Corowa Military Show

Wednesday 24th April TVS Sydney - Corowa Military Show

Thursday 25th April C31 Melbourne - Chryslers On The Murray pt1

Wednesday 1st May TVS Sydney - Chryslers On The Murray pt1

Thursday 2nd May C31 Melbourne - Freestones Roadhaven

Then for 3 weeks you will see compilation episodes + lots more.

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The response from the Australians who either saw the show or are going on line to look at it has been great. Fletch is currently over in the United States doing another series of Route 66. He is interested in going into other countries to film events and help different organisations with promotions of their events.

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Just to let you know that the Corowa episode of Classic Restos is now online, my guess is it will be for about two weeks only, so go to;

http://www.c31.org.au/schedule/view/episode/85531

 

regards,

Richard

 

Thanks for that link Richard, really enjoyed that 25 minutes of viewing as it's always good to see different vehicles and see the show in motion having read and seen pictures online. Love the subtle sponsors advertisements which presenter Fletch has to put out :D

 

Scott

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Thanks for that link Richard, really enjoyed that 25 minutes of viewing as it's always good to see different vehicles and see the show in motion having read and seen pictures online. Love the subtle sponsors advertisements which presenter Fletch has to put out :D

 

Scott

 

Thanks Scott,

Glad you enjoyed it. It was great to have Fletch join us there and although he had not covered a military vehicle event before, we seem to have convinced him it is a good subject to cover. Since meeting him I have watched some of his other programmes on the web and very entertaining.

 

regards, Richard

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