Around 350 of Drifta Camping and 4WD’s biggest fans came to Gloucester for a weekend of camping and catching up.
What started as a Facebook group for people who love Drifta’s products, turned into a get-together at Camp Cobark on September 8 and 9.
Customers of the Gloucester business have been using the “Drifta Fans” Facebook group to get to know each other and share their camping experiences.
The group decided that a get-together would be a great idea and Drifta’s owner, Luke Sutton agreed to host the event.
Given Luke’s passion for promoting Gloucester, he organised for the two nights to be held in the area.
People came from all over the country with their Drifta camping trailers and favourite camping gear to spend time getting to know each other in person.
The group had a tag-along four wheel drive tour of the Camp Cobark property on the Saturday, resulting in a long convoy of vehicles across the landscape.
It was the first time an event like this has been held and based on the positive feedback, it won’t be the last.
There is hope it will be an annual event, held in Gloucester, with discussions already underway for next year.
Luke’s father, John Sutton has been spending time in Gloucester over the past couple months, helping to oversee the construction of a new shed at Drifta workshop and couldn’t be more proud of what his son has achieved.
“He employs a lot of local people and a lot of them are young people,” he said.
“It chokes me up to know that these young people are learning a trade for life.”
John also talked about how numerous vehicles are fitted out each week, which means the owners usually spent at least night in Gloucester.
Luke gives everyone coffee vouchers in order to encourage them to spend time in town.