Allora set roar into action
OVER the next few days Allora residents will be treated to a fleet of Chamberlain tractors rolling one by one into town, when as many as 100 arrive for this weekend's Allora Heritage Weekend.
Bouncing back from the disappointing post-flood cancellation last year, inaugural Warwick Veteran & Vintage Vehicle Club president Ted Woodrow is convinced this year will be a bumper event.
"Yeah, we were pretty disappointed when the floods stopped everything last year," Mr Woodrow said.
"Hopefully we'll get a shower this week then it will stay off at the weekend.
"Whether it's raining or not, we'll still go ahead though - there will be no doubt about it."
And with vehicle enthusiasts coming from all over Australia and other parts of the world, the club is ready to draw a big crowd.
"We could have three to four hundred tractors here in total," Mr Woodrow said.
"A lot of people know it's the first weekend of this type of the year in eastern Australia.
"People come to get together with fellas they haven't seen in a while and with the event in Toowoomba next weekend, we get a lot travelling to that."
Cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and machinery will all be on display and those attending can enjoy a range of entertainment too.
Visitors travel to the Allora Showgrounds from the north, south, east and west corners of Australia, with Mr Woodrow saying some even trek from New Zealand and England.
While it's his first year at the helm, Mr Woodrow has been in the club for 35 years and he doesn't find it hard to believe people will come from so far for the event.
He's been an enthusiastic collector of all things old since he was a child and he proudly showed the Daily News one of his priced possessions - a KJ Holden.
"It belonged to the Church of England," Mr Woodrow said.
"It was a Parish car but they gave it to my dad when he retired as minister."
With up to 200 mowers in his shed, Mr Woodrow said he has to just be thankful he has a very patient wife by his side.
While he's flat out organising the event, his love of the machinery makes it all worthwhile.
The Showgrounds are all but ready for the weekend event and vendors, campers and participants will start rolling into town later this week.
Where & When
Saturday and Sunday January28 and 29.
From 8am Saturday.
Admission only $5.