Terry and Jodi Slade, from the Sunshine Coast, were offering joyrides in their Waco Super Classic, a totally modern bi-plane built on the design of a 1935 barnstormer
The pilot of this Pitts Special put on an impromptu aerobatic display above Kingaroy Airport

October 28, 2012

The 2nd annual Motors In Motion festival in Kingaroy on Saturday was engineered for excitement … with motors in motion everywhere you could look at Kingaroy Airport.

Overhead there were planes taking off and landing, taking joyflights as well as twirling, swirling and doing loops. Warbirds flew in formation and conducted mock strafing runs.

On the ground, there were static displays of cars from every era, vintage trucks, bikes, tractors and farm machinery, hot rods, touring cars, 1950s caravans …

Then there were the model planes, doing amazing aerobatics, and the model cars racing around a haybale course.

On a bigger haybale course, the drivers of street machines tested their driving skills and reflexes by racing the clock over a tight motorkhana course.

But there was also entertainment for the non-rev heads: school bands, a fashion parade and even an art show.

The climax of the day was an old Kingaroy favourite … a ping pong ball drop which had children of all sizes scurrying to locate the numbered balls in long grass.

President of the organising committee Kevin Krosch told southburnett.com.au that he was very happy with the crowd and the day had gone off “without a hitch”.

Committee treasurer Ray Wilton said gatetakings were up almost 25 per cent on last year.

He estimated the crowd at just under 2700.

Profits from the event will be distributed to community groups in the South Burnett.

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Winners of the Motors In Motion art competition, organised by the Nimué Gallery:

Adult Section
1. $1000 to Karol Oakley with “Doz-ing”
2. $500 to Jess Elford with “A Motor Once In Motion”
Highly commended certificates – Trish Erkens, Margie Zimmermann and Jo O’Brien Walsh

High School Section
1. $150 to Mikaela Greenslade for “Road Train”
2. $50 to Jess Elford with “The Place to be – By the Sea”
Highly commended certificates – Chloe Patch  Jadon Patch and Nathaniel Stockhill

Primary School Section
1. $150 to Kai Jones with “On and Off Australian Roads”
2. $50 to Jude Davies with “Stunt Planes”
Highly commended certificates – Robert Rackemann, Jennifer Reilly and Poppy Allen

Riley Gale, 4, of Kingaroy, seemed at home in the cockpit of the Kiowa chopper

There were big cars ... this Torana was competing in the motorkhana, a timed run
And there were little cars ... the model cars also proved popular
There were big planes ... this Antonov 2 is believed to be the world's largest single-engine biplane
And little planes ... a series of model aircraft put on a spectacular display of aerobatics
There were polished cars ... Mick Baker, from Maryborough, with his better-than-new 1975 LH Torana which he's owned for 21 years
And there were scruffy cars ... Mason McCracken, 3, from Tarong, in the driver's seat of an old, totally unrestored "hillbilly" truck
Stan Baker and Jayce Walters, 2, from Wondai, with Steve Hood's 1910 Case Traction Engine which worked its whole life in the South Burnett region threshing corn and peanuts
Trevor Water, from Ipswich, brought along his 1957 Morris 1000 ute; the Morris was bought secondhand in 1964 to cart pigs and calves from Abbeywood to Wondai for sale
Kingaroy Lions were kept busy ... Nina Temperton, Chris Robins, Darcy McDonald and Julie Clifford
South Burnett Deputy Mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion check out one of the Touring Cars on display
Away the go ... brightly coloured and numbered ping pong balls were released from the air
And away they go on the ground ... children rush to find a numbered ball to collect a prize
Winner of a bike in the McDonald's Ping Pong Ball drop was Lara Hodson, 13, of Kingaroy, pictured with her brother Bobby, 4
Lawson Smith, 9, of Kingaroy won a scooter in the ping pong ball drop
Rahni Lucas, 9, of Kingaroy, won a Dora the Explorer set
The ping pong ball drop was a big hit with the kids, but even more popular, if possible, was the take-off of the Kiowa Army helicopter