Allan Faulkner, Ceder Armstrong and George Bass are three of the across-Australia Chamberlain tractor drivers. Anne Bass is in the cabin.
Allan Faulkner, Ceder Armstrong and George Bass are three of the across-Australia Chamberlain tractor drivers. Anne Bass is in the cabin.

Tractors voyage stops-over

A CONVOY of four tractors and their drivers stayed overnight at Wheatvale on Saturday as part of an across-Australia re-enactment of the Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club drive a decade ago.

While 34 tractors made the trek in 2000, five left Steep Point, the western-most point of Western Australia, 700 kilometres north of Geraldton, on July 3.

The group is self-contained and camped on a Goondiwindi property on Friday night, then arrived at Wheatvale at 4pm Saturday before sampling some of the Warwick CBD cakes and coffee on Sunday morning on the way to an overnight stop at a property at Lake Moogerah.

“A lot of people in Warwick were interested in what we were doing,” Mr Bass said.

They finished their trip at Byron Bay late yesterday and will spend a few days on the coast before driving home to Western Australia via the Nullarbor Plain.

Club member George Bass said they drove in convoy at a speed between 48 and 50 kilometres an hour.

“We reduced our speed in the desert due to the sand dunes,” he said.

The trip began with five tractors, but one member from South Australia headed home due to work commitments halfway through the trip.

The only problem was a blown head gasket on one tractor at Palm Springs, NT.

The Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club has 150 members with more than 60 restored tractors.

In the past 10 years the club has raised more than $100,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and children’s hospitals around Australia.


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