Green RV Major Sponsor to Break World RV Record
Australian RV enthusiasts are gathering in outback Queensland this month ready to tackle a world record dating back 16 years for the longest line of motorhomes, caravans, campervans and fifth-wheelers.
Barcaldine will host the attempt to topple over the current Guinness World Record, which was set in June 2003 when 672 moving camping vehicles (RVs) were recorded in Canelli, Italy.
The Australian Motorhoming Lions Club (AMLC), which has organised the event with Barcaldine Regional Council, expects Australia’s strong travelling fraternity will show up in large numbers, with 850 RVs already registered to participate in the feat.
“At this stage we are looking at getting at least 200 more than Italy with people coming from everywhere, from all states and territories, and even from New Zealand,” says AMLC president Len Waddington.
“You don’t have to own one of these vehicles to get involved in the event – you can hire it or borrow it and come along and have a lot of fun over the five days.”
Activities kick off on May 23 with the event aiming to boost visitation and expenditure in drought affected towns in and around Barcaldine. All proceeds from the event will also be donated to the local community.
“We came up with the idea over happy hour two years ago when one of our members from Barcaldine was talking about the previous attempt in 2007 and how bad the drought had been and we thought let’s have a crack at the record and bring some good to the region,” Mr Waddington says.
“It’s a great event because as a national Lions Club it brings all of our members together, and encourages many more travelling enthusiasts to join us and see all that the region has to offer while stimulating the local economy.”
Participants will camp at showgrounds around Barcaldine with a fun social line-up organised including daily entertainment, live music, darts and lawn bowls competitions and much more.
In the afternoon of May 25, vehicles will move out to the Barcaldine Downs Road and line up in preparation for two record attempts. They will first attempt the world record for the longest connected image made of LED rope lights, which currently sits at 655 metres.
The following morning (May 26) will see the attempt for the largest parade of camping vehicles (RVs), which requires all vehicles to be moving along the road when the count takes place.
“It’s a huge logistical feat but the Barcaldine region is so broad and there are freedom camping areas everywhere for us to utilise as people start to roll in to register for the record attempt,” Mr Waddington says.
“We just have to control the flow of traffic to ensure minimal disruption to local people but maximum impact on local business, so we are encouraging everyone to go out to these camps and check out all of the places there are to see around the area.”
For more information and to register to participate, visit the website
Photos: Malcolm Street