PHOTOS: Vintage machinery show gets motors running
A BIGGER than expected crowd attended last weekend's Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Club's annual show.
While tractor exhibits were slightly down due to exhibitor logistics in getting machines from afar to the club's grounds, what the club staged over the one-and-a-half days was nothing short of excellence.
Visitors got to see old farm machinery dating back to the early 1900s chugging along in the grand parade and the popular tractor sled pull, in which machine and driver pull a weighted sled as it digs deep into the dirt.
While this was exciting enough, nothing could match the modified tractor sled pull. With all of their V8 engines at full revs, the crowd went wild when these souped-up tractors could not pull any more, causing their front ends to rise into the air like a praying mantis.
Over in the small engine compound, dozens of small engines showed their stuff to eager onlookers. Some of these had taken hundreds of hours to restore. For most of the early 20th century, these engines supplied power to a range of lighting plants, sheep shearing, water pumps, corn threshing and peanut harvesting.
A highlight of the show was the inaugural Tractor Trek, whereby dozens of tractors of all ages, shapes and sizes completed a 7km run on private property, arriving back in time for grand parade.
In the parade, owners proudly drove their vehicles in a square-shaped arena, to the excitement of onlookers. As the machine passed the MC's stand, the crowd was given a commentary as to its age and type.
The club meets on the third Tuesday each month (except December) at 7pm in the shed off Geoff Raph Dr, opposite the observatory.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in vintage machinery.