This year’s Albury Wodonga Chrysler Club ‘Chryslers on the Murray’ event is just around the corner – 13 to 15 March, 2020.
The theme for the 28th annual Chrysler gathering at Gateway Lakes, Wodonga, is US Mopar Muscle, specifically Mopar’s finest from 1962 to 1974, so expect to see Road Runners like Elliot’s, along with Chargers, Barracudas, Dusters, Super Bees and more.
For the past six years, Chryslers on the Murray (CotM) has also hosted the Australian AMC/Rambler Show. The AMC movement here in Australia has really gained steam in recent years, with numbers increasing and some high-quality restorations of very rare and unique cars appearing under the banner of the ‘Australian AMC/Rambler Show’. This year, the AMC crew will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the AMC Gremlin and AMC/Rambler Hornet.
With driving events, Pro Judging for Street, Top 5 US and Top 5 AUS cars, the new SS&A Great Reveal of newly-completed restorations, the ever-popular photo shoot and the Sunday Show & Shine, there’s plenty for Chrysler and AMC owners to get involved in.
All American and Australian Chryslers are welcome, including current 300C sedans and RAM pickups.
Start with a Sprint
This year’s programme kicks off on Friday, 13 March, at the DECA driver education centre on Wodonga TAFE’s Logic Campus. Registered entrants will be competing in timed Sprints around the 1.6km track in the morning, followed by Go to Whoa in the afternoon, then a return to Gateway Lakes for check-in and the SS&A Great Reveal.
Held for the first time last year, the success of the SS&A Great Reveal has seen it return for 2020, with excitement is guaranteed as CotM entrants unveil freshly-built vehicles and share details of their car’s history, its mechanical specs and the build/resto process.
On Saturday, 14 March, it’s an early start for entrants chasing parts at the Swap Meet or canvassing a future ride at the Car Corral that features Chrysler cars and projects for sale.
For vehicles entered in the judged classes, the serious business of Pro Judging gets underway mid-morning, while this year’s CotM special guest, Matt Dean from California, will be hosting a seminar from 11:00AM. Dean will share stories of his longtime involvement with Mopar and the big-name legends in the US aftermarket industry.
After lunch, it’s time for the event photo shoot, which this year is at the Gerogery Hotel – a half-hour drive north of Gateway Lakes. With this year’s ‘US Mopar Muscle’ theme, around 200 examples of Dodge, Plymouth and AMC muscle are expected to take part and will likely be the largest gathering of these cars outside of North America.
Saturday wraps up with unofficial cruising of Wodonga Place in Albury, which is an element of the event that has taken on a life of its own in recent years.
On Sunday, 15 March, it’s time for the Show & Shine, which is open to the public.
Past CotM Show & Shines have seen crowds of 6,000 spectators. With around 900 Chrysler and AMC vehicles expected this year, you’re sure to find your favourite Chrysler or AMC vehicle.
The Car Corral and Swap Meet continue on Sunday, too.
The event will wrap up with trophy presentations and the Albury Wodonga Chrysler Club donation to the Victorian CFA and NSW RFS. Last year, $14,000 was donated to three of these volunteer fire brigades.
If you’ve been putting off visiting or taking part in Chryslers on the Murray, make 2020 the year that you get to Wodonga, as our volunteer firefighters need your support now more than ever.
For the main CotM activities, entry is just $40 (for entries received before 3 March). This gets you and your Chrysler into the full weekend’s programme of events. Entries received after 3 March are $45 each.
For judging, pre-entry is essential. Street class judging is $10 extra and Pro Judging in US Muscle Top 5 and Australian Top 5 is an additional $20.
Public entry to the Show & Shine is $5 per person, with free entry for kids under 16.
For Dyno entry, Swap Meet site and Car Corral entry pricing, as well as programme updates and more information, see the event website.
As well as this year’s show, the Albury Wodonga Chrysler Club are already looking ahead to next year’s, as the 2021 CotM will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Valiant Charger. That one’s going to be huge!