SHINING EXAMPLES: Some of the vehicles on display last year, with a 1937 Pontiac in the foreground which was proudly restored by Mark Summers and his father.
SHINING EXAMPLES: Some of the vehicles on display last year, with a 1937 Pontiac in the foreground which was proudly restored by Mark Summers and his father.

Annual show of automotive engineering

FOR many, it's the vehicles we grew up with, and it's nice to see them looking shiny and new again.

For others it's the chance to see something unusual or to see where today's automotive engineering came from.

And for the kids, it's the chance to climb aboard a tractor with those great big wheels and huge steering wheel.

Whatever the attraction, you can expect up to 3000 people to get along to the Gatton Showgrounds on Saturday, September 24, for the Historic Commercial Vehicle Association (Queensland) Show.

This is the 23rd annual show, the fifth in Gatton, and is the largest meet of historic trucks and vehicles in Queensland.

As well as historic trucks, cars, taxis, buses and tractors, you'll find pavilion displays, bric-a-brac, trade stands, standing engines, entertainment and food.

"A lot of our members do the restorations themselves," president Donna Summers said. "There are always members there eager to talk about their vehicles and point enthusiasts in the right direction with their restorations or help with parts.

"Everyone there loves their vehicles, and they're proud to be able to show them off."

Mrs Summers should know. Her husband Mark, the club secretary, spent about 21 months restoring his much-loved 1946 Maple Leaf Chevrolet.

And it's been a family affair, with her two sons also involved in restorations.

This year's show will feature Ford commercial vehicles and Ferguson tractors, and anyone is welcome to display their vehicle. There are no big trophies, just recognition of the hard work that's gone into making these vehicles what they are.

And with 150 vehicles on show, from a 1929 Morris to a 1926 Dennis milk truck and a 1967 eight-wheeler Scammel through to vehicles just 30 years old, Mrs Summers said she would be very surprised if everyone didn't find something of interest.

The show will run from 8am-4pm, Saturday, September 24.

Entry is $5 adults, children under 14 free.

For more details, visit www.hcvaq.com.

 

TOP OF THE LINE: This Nolan's Transport truck won the People's Choice award at last year's show.
TOP OF THE LINE: This Nolan's Transport truck won the People's Choice award at last year's show.

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