December 7, 2021
Members of the Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Club are feeling very grateful … and they gathered together on Sunday to show it.
First up, the club members wanted to thank the South Burnett Regional Council for a community grant of $1890.
They used the cash injection to buy a new two-door drinks fridge which replaces a couple of very old domestic refrigerators which have been working hard to service the clubhouse.
The new drinks fridge will come into its own when the club hosts the massive Queensland Heritage Rally next year at their grounds in Butwell Park.
This event is expected to attract between 6000 and 10,000 people to Kingaroy between September 16-18.
The second thank you was to members of the now-dissolved Motors In Motion Inc for handing over a number of resources to the club.
Motors In Motion Inc (formerly Peanut Festival Inc) ran a popular event at the nearby Kingaroy Airport between 2011-14 before organising the first Wondai Sprints in 2016.
The last Kingaroy Peanut Festival was held in 2009.
The Sprints ran every year until 2020, when it was cancelled due to the drought and the inability to secure hay bales.
This proved to be a timely decision because just weeks later the COVID-19 pandemic struck and the event would have had to be cancelled anyway.
Motors In Motion Inc voted to wind up the association in May following the retirement of key members, rising costs and difficulties in sourcing materials.
In line with their Constitution, the committee voted to pass on their assets to two other like-minded community groups, the Proston Car Rally Club and the Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Club (KDVMC).
KDVMC inherited concrete and steel barriers, grandstands, a zero-turn ride-on mower and sundry other items including fire extinguishers and signs.
“It was also in appreciation for the assistance that (now KDVMC vice-president) Matt Lonsdale and other members of the club gave us for the Sprints,” former Motors In Motion president Denis Carroll said.
“We are especially pleased that the benefits from the work of all our volunteers and members is staying in the South Burnett.”