Heritage Truck Association members Greg McWaters, Brisbane; and Erin and Brian Lowcock, Burbank

September 23, 2021

The Kingaroy & District Vintage Machinery Club’s 2021 rally at the weekend attracted a record number of exhibitors to their grounds near Kingaroy Airport.

Last year, pandemic concerns had forced the club to cancel the event … but this year’s outing more than made up for any lingering disappointments.

Rally committee member Eileen Legge, who was being kept busy in the club’s new office, said there had been 250 mobile entries registered and more than 100 stationary engines.

Visiting clubs from across south-east Queensland brought along trucks, tractors, classic cars, heavy machinery and farming implements of all kinds.

The featured marque for this year’s event was Massey-Harris / Massey-Ferguson which attracted a large number of entries, both old and new.

Visitors could stroll around the Butwell Park grounds, inspecting entries, chatting to their owners and enjoying demonstrations of sawmilling and corn threshing.

Or they could simply relax in the stands and watch the activities in the club’s special arena, including slow tractor races and the always popular tractor pulls.

Various tractors, including specially modified rigs, pulled weight-transfer sleds along a fixed course.

There were also a number of parades around the arena on Saturday – including tractors, cars and motorbikes – and a special grand parade on Sunday.

The Kingaroy & District Vintage Machinery Club is now gearing up to host the huge Queensland Heritage Rally next year.

This event is expected to attract between 6000 and 10,000 people to Kingaroy between September 16-18, 2022.

Exhibitors and patrons are expected to come from Australia and New Zealand (if our borders are open!)

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Kingaroy & District Vintage Machinery Club members Ralph Tennant, from Benarkin, with South Burnett Antique Motor Club member Dianne and Brian Scully, Wondai; and Les Ryan, Nanango
Rob Johnson, Petrie, with Mick Doyle and Noel Quinn, from the Gayndah Museum
Barry Byrne, from Oakey, has been the ground commentator at the Kingaroy rally for years … his knowledge about the machinery on show can’t be beaten
The club’s grounds near Kingaroy Airport were filled with tractors, trucks and machinery of all sizes
There was also a large working display of stationary engines
John Douglass, from Nanango, brought along his Ultra4 … two Ultra4s put on a display of mini-jumps
The JD Racing Ultra4 roars around the club track
A team of racers from the South East Queensland Tractor Pullers brought along V8-powered modified tractors for the tractor pull
The line-up of modified tractors awaiting their turn pulling the weighted sled
Volunteers from the Kingaroy Men’s Shed were manning the gate … from left, Blue Nesbitt, Wal Weber and Ian Hulme

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Gallery

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Raw video of some of the stationery engines at work, plus a 302 V8-modified tractor in the tractor pull

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For enthusiasts only … the tractor parade!


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