BIG WEEKEND: Dick White on his 178 Massey Ferguson, Allora Heritage Weekend 2019.
BIG WEEKEND: Dick White on his 178 Massey Ferguson, Allora Heritage Weekend 2019.

Heritage Weekend brings in cash and curious minds

AUSTRALIA DAY weekend will see a much needed economy boost and an opportunity to preserve history for the “Best little town on the downs”.

Peter Stacy, President of the Warwick Veteran and Vehicle club said he can’t stress how important the Allora Heritage weekend is to locals and the vintage car legacy.

He said it’s a space not just for enthusiasts but also curious minds.

“I don’t believe this is a niche event, young people are even interested in how old machinery and vehicles used to work,” he said.

“Unless we keep this heritage up the information will go when the people who know this pass, there’s no school for vintage car mechanics, the way to learn is to observe and ask questions.”

The event, in its 25th year, is also being used as a tool in 2020 to bring cash into the area.

“The internet is a wonderful thing, it’s bringing people from Gladstone, overseas and the east of coast of Australia,” he said.

“So, we’ve had calls from people all over wanting to be vendors and I understand that, but we’re sourcing for the event only locally, so what if we have to pay more, it’s better it goes back into town.”

For a lot of enthusiasts form the Allora Weekend society and Warwick Veteran and Vehicle club, the weekend is a form of escapism.

“I’m a cattle farmer, and you have to do things for yourself, for me, that’s this, cars,” Mr Stacy said.

“I have the car I brought all three of my children home form hospital in and I think to share this hobby, I will work very hard to keep events like this running for the locals, enthusiasts and the whole community.”



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