Time stood still for some well-maintained machines at this year’s Bundaberg Heritage Car, Bike and Machinery Show.
As engines churned, visitors, young and old gathered to inspect some of the Bundaberg Region’s finest machines of yesteryear.
Rum City Vintage Machinery Club members Barry and Robyn Lloyd-Jones displayed one of their many stationary engines with pride.
Barry said the McCormick Deering International engine was built before the days of modern machinery in 1924.
“These old girls (the engines) did everything that electricity does now – they ran belts off them,” Barry said.
“Machines like this run all day, all week if I kept putting petrol in it,”
He said when he bought the engine it was a “mess” and he had to pull it apart and replace a lot of pieces.
“Everything was seized and I had to get parts from America,” Barry said.
The Avondale couple are passionate about restoration and they take their machines “all over the place” to show them off.
With 96 engines in his workshop Barry said he’d only need four more, but Robyn was quick to interject saying a firm “no more”.
Event organisers David and Maree Heap from The Bundaberg Vintage Vehicle Club Inc said the day was “perfect” with plenty of people attending.
The event celebrated National Motoring Heritage Day, which is on tomorrow, 19 May.
David said it was the second year the event had taken place and they’d stepped it up a bit this year.
“There was 141 displays last year and now we have more than 200,” David said.
Bundaberg community love their cars
Maree said the club had been around for more than four decades and events like this were very popular.
“It brings people together,” Maree said.
“We have the static display with old cars like the 1909 Darraq.”
The oldest car on display was the 1904 Grout.
What is Vintage?
Club president Ian Jefferyes explains the classes of cars:
- Cars made before 1919 are Veteran
- Between 1920 and 1930 models are known as Vintage
- Then cars made between 1930 to 1940 are known as Historic.
- And from 1940 to 1989 are called Classic.
Bundaberg Heritage Car Show raises funds for good cause
David said with the entry of $2 per person at the gate, by 11am two buckets had been filled.
“The money goes to Rotary Lodge here in Bundaberg,” he said.
“It’s an important facility to help people in the community who are ill.”
Last weekend car lovers also were out in droves as they checked out the All Holden Day event.
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