IN a time when many community events have had to go into recess, pause or simply dissolve due to the on-going pandemic, a Murray Bridge event known as Cars and Coffee has continued to grow and shine.
And that momentum the event has gathered due to the hard work of Joanne Lovell has seen the monthly catch-up win the Murray Bridge Community Event of the Year award at the Australia Day Awards ceremony on Wednesday.
Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive officer Michael Sedgman read a synopsis of what the event is and a brief history of how the group started.
"Over the last couple of years Joanne Lovell has organised the Cars and Coffee - Murray Bridge event on the first Sunday of each month," he said.
"Initially it was held in the local Coles carpark with 60 to 150 local cars on display for people to view."
"Due to increased interest Joanne approached the Rural City of Murray Bridge and applied to hold the monthly event down at the riverfront which allowed for the event to grow and also allowed easier access for the cars and visitors.
"Since the beginning of 2021 the free event has been held down at our beautiful riverfront showcasing Sturt Reserve and all it has to offer.
"This monthly event gives a diverse group of people the opportunity to show off their pride of joy, their vehicles whilst engaging members of the community who have an interest in cars.
"While the weather can sometimes influence the number of cars on display there have been times when over 260 cars have been on display.
Mr Sedgman said the monthly event brought visitors from outside of the region who get to witness the "amazing transformation of Murray Bridge, in particular the great facilities at Sturt Reserve".
"Joanne live streams all events through the Facebook page so for anyone who can't attend are able to admire the 200 plus cars on display," he said.
Accepting the award, Joanne said the group of organisers were appreciative to be able to host visitors at such a beautiful location by the banks of the River Murray.
"This is so exciting, we have worked so hard to get Cars and Coffee, and Murray Bridge, on the calendar; there are so many Cars and Coffee events so their is a lot of competition out there but we've got such a beautiful spot here," she said.
"I'd like to thank the Rural City of Murray Bridge for allowing us to use this beautiful area ... we used to use the Coles car park but we out grew that and what a back drop we have here.
"A big thank you to Bronwyn and the Mobilong Rotary Club ... without their support we couldn't have the beautiful egg and bacon rolls and food, so thank you very much for your support.
Joanne said all visitors were welcome.
"Come and see us, we are just here at the wharf precinct car park on the first Sunday off every month from 8am until 10am."