KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: KFMC president Jeff Barbeler and vice president Matt Londsdale are all ready for the rally this weekend
KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: KFMC president Jeff Barbeler and vice president Matt Londsdale are all ready for the rally this weekend Rhiannon Tuffield

Where to see classic military machinery

JEFF Barbeler and Matt Londsdale have spent months preparing for the Kingaroy vintage machinery rally and, while it is the most exhausting time of year for the pair, it's the atmosphere of the day that makes the late nights and long days all worth it.

This year, the Kingaroy and District Machinery Club will present a military themed rally, with more than 100 vintage tractors, vehicles, engines, crawlers, trucks, cars, bikes and old machinery.

There will also be a display of 90 years of Stihl chainsaws, with a taste of splitting posts.

The event will be complimented by a grand parade at 10am and 2pm on the Saturday, with each piece of vintage machinery circling the grounds.

KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: Jeff Barbeler and Matt Londsdale are all ready for the rally this weekend.
KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: Jeff Barbeler and Matt Londsdale are all ready for the rally this weekend. Rhiannon Tuffield

While there will be plenty to see, KDMC vice- president Matt Londsdale said one of the more interesting attractions was a 1950s Austin Champ.

The English vehicle was inspired by the American Army Jeep that was used extensively during the Second World War.

The Austins were an attempt of a replication of the American models but all didn't go to plan.

"They decided they needed a similar vehicle but it was pretty much a failure,” Mr Londsdale said.

"It goes down the road well and it's comfortable and you can see where they were heading with it, but you need a specialised workshop to fix it, whereas the old army Jeep you could fix with an bread and butter knife on the side of the road.

"So you can imagine it wasn't very handy in combat situations.”

Mr Londsdale said the vehicle died a pretty quick death but those left were now sought-after vehicles.

KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: Machinery club vice president Matt Londsdale stands next to an old Austin Champ.
KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: Machinery club vice president Matt Londsdale stands next to an old Austin Champ. Rhiannon Tuffield

The rally is the club's 15th, and a lot has changed in the time since its first rally at Coolabunia, according to president Jeff Barbeler.

"I guess the biggest change in the rally is that its grown, and now we usually end up with around 100 pieces,” he said.

"We originally had very few numbers and were holding events wherever we could find some ground, but now we have our own place to call home.”

Mr Barbeler said what he enjoyed most was seeing vintage machinery enthusiasts learn more about a piece.

"People come to the rally and they get a big cross section of machines to look at and see working,” he said.

"Some have been completely restored to pristine condition and some are still in their working clothes, but they're all operational.”

KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: Vintage Lucerne cutter.
KINGAROY VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY: Vintage Lucerne cutter. Rhiannon Tuffield

The rally will be held September 17 and 18 at Geoff Raph Dr, Kingaroy Airport, from 8am.

Admission is $10, with children under 12 free.

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