Enthusiasm and passion is strong at the Camaro Firebird Nationals (CFNATS)

The Camaro Firebird Nationals (CFNATS), held over the Easter long weekend in March, drew enthusiastic Camaro, Firebird, and TransAM owners to Albury. This biannual event, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, brought together participants from across Australia, providing an opportunity to reconnect, share their passion, and have fun. The CFNATS event aims not only to foster community among car enthusiasts but also to give back to the local area through economic boosts and charitable donations. As a testament to this commitment, this year’s event donated over $12,000 to the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund (AWRCCTF), supporting essential services and cancer research.

Committee member Craig Goodshaw highlighted the event’s dual focus on enjoyment and community support, a goal achieved by the small yet dedicated committee of five couples. The 2024 event built on the success of the 2022 gathering, featuring a packed schedule that included a Drive-In Night, Winery Tour, Track Day, Albury Cruise, Meet ‘n’ Mingle, and Show ‘n’ Shine day. Over 130 muscle cars displayed at Hovell Tree Park wowed all attendees, showcasing a wide range of impressive vehicles.

Reflecting on the charitable aspect, Craig noted, “Everybody knows someone who has been touched by this disease and the value of support services for patients and their families and friends. We chose to contribute again this year to the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Trust Fund to help with the continuation of these services and of the research programs, having donated over $10,000 in 2022.”

The committee’s dedication continues the work of event founder Dave Clee, who organised the US Muscle Car Nationals for many years before passing the baton to the Camaro Firebird Owners Club of Australia in 2019. Despite the disruption caused by COVID in 2020, the committee successfully held its first event in Albury under the new name of the Camaro Firebird Nationals in 2022. The positive response led to the event’s return in 2024, and plans are already in motion for the next gathering in 2026.

The CFNATS committee extends heartfelt thanks to all participants, volunteers, service providers and sponsors who supported the event and its cause. The CFNATS committee look forward to welcoming everyone back to Albury in 2026 for another successful celebration.

The Trust Fund would like to take this opportunity to thank Craig, the CFNATS Committee and all involved at in running such a successful event. Your valuable donation goes towards improving local cancer services for patients and their loved ones, and we can’t wait to see you all roll back into town in 2026.

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