TALKING TRACTORS: Graham Berry and Bob Jeffery look at the Farmall tractors at the Allora Heritage Weekend.
TALKING TRACTORS: Graham Berry and Bob Jeffery look at the Farmall tractors at the Allora Heritage Weekend. Candyce Braithwaite

Enthusiasts show off pride and joy and not a drop of rain

WHEN the gates to the Allora Showgrounds opened on Saturday morning grey skies threatened the Allora Heritage Weekend yet again.

Warwick Veteran and Vintage Vehicle Club member Graeme McMillan was a little concerned.

"When I got up at 6am I thought we were going to have another wet weekend," he said.

"But by 10am the skies had cleared and we had a beautiful day.

"It would have to be one of the biggest crowd numbers we have had in quite a long time."

Mr McMillan said like always the event featured International harvesters, all things Holden, Harley Davidson motorcycles and Australian-made stationary engines.

"This year we had quite a lot more vintage cars," he said.

"We had a few more trucks and tractors as well."

The Heritage Weekend is known internationally, having been covered by historic machinery magazines in Britain and other countries.

"It's amazing what has been achieved from such humble beginnings," event commentator and machinery historian Barrie Geitz said.

"The weekend was born in 1995 as an opportunity for local enthusiasts to roll their vehicles, machinery and motors out of their sheds and have a bit of fun."

In a few short years to 2000, the Heritage Weekend was famous throughout Queensland and New South Wales and provided a line-up of hundreds of displays, the large majority working, for the enjoyment of patrons rolling up to the event.

"We've come a long way," Mr McMillan said.

"People enjoy the experience immensely, and it isn't hard work when you enjoy it.

"We enthusiasts and restorers catch up to compare notes and experiences."

While historic machinery rolled into Allora from around Australia, local vehicle and machinery restorers provided recollections of the history of the local region.

Since 2001 Allora Heritage Weekend organisers have nominated feature vehicles and machinery as a focal point of the event.



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