Zane Jenkins and his son Adrian with their 1957 Volkswagen Kombi van.
Zane Jenkins and his son Adrian with their 1957 Volkswagen Kombi van. Craig Sadler

In the vanguard of surfing culture

IT was a Kombi van party at Casuarina yesterday at the Malfunction Surf Vehicle Rally.

After a tour of the Tweed Coast, the convoy of classic surf vehicles parked up at the Sandbar + Grill to be admired as they gleamed in the sun.

The Kombi vans dominated the rally, but a handful of Holdens were there representing Australia.

Zane Jenkins and his “little man” Adrian restored his red 1957 Kombi van from the ground up in just eight months. He found the old hulk in Toowoomba - it was used formerly at a country airstrip to push small planes back in to the hangar.

Mr Jenkins said he got in to the van life while on his travels overseas; there he went to car rallies where 1200 Kombi vans would turn up.

“It was not about the cars, it was about the lifestyle,” he said.

Glenn Hardwick, from the Gold Coast, brought two Kombis to the rally.

“It is great fun; I had a ball,” he said.

Matt Gordon's EH Holden stationwagon carried his

brand new Wayne Deane-shaped longboard, which he will use to compete later this week.

He said he was glad to see a Sandman and another Holden roll up at the start of the rally.

“I rolled up and thought, is this a V-dub convention?” Mr Gordon joked.

The Malfunction Surf Festival will continue with a number of events through to March 29.

Visit www.malfunction.com.au for more information.



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