It’s not every day that you have a race where the slowest competitor wins but that’s precisely what will be on offer at the annual Yesteryear Machinery Rally to be held April 6 and 7.
The rally, presented by the Bundaberg Yesteryear Machinery Society, will be held at the Tegege Recreational Precinct and attracts antique machinery devotees from across the state.
Society member Terry Carter said there would be displays of old tractors, stationary engines, antique tools and utensils and even a restored diesel-powered footpath steamroller gifted to the Society by Bundaberg Regional Council.
“These old pieces of equipment really are works of art and people seem to have a fascination with all things old,” Terry said.
“I believe there could be up to 30 tractors and 80 stationary engines plus a host of other displays.
“We also have a blacksmith firing up his forge and demonstrating the art of the blacksmith.
“There’s plenty of competition opportunities with the Tractor Pull and Slowest Tractor Race two popular events.”
The Tractor Pull involves tractors towing a special piece of equipment that get heavier the further the tractor goes.
“The Slowest Tractor Race is a bit of a laugh and you certainly will have time to go and get a cup of coffee and not miss too much while this event is on,” laughed Terry.
“The society is always looking to introduce new events to keep the program fresh and this year is no different with a Celebrity Tennis Tournament and freestyle motocross bike action being introduced.
“There is a tennis court at the facility so we thought why not use it?”
Yesteryear Machinery Rally details
“The event has its traditional tasty dinner Saturday night complete with entertainment.”
The Yesteryear Machinery Rally runs from 9am until 4pm on Saturday, April 6 and 9am until 1pm on Sunday, April 7. Admission is $5 for adults with primary school children free.
The Tegege Recreation Reserve is located on Bushs Road, corner Flagstone and Rosedale Road, Avondale.