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Best ever heritage weekend

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Thanks to all the hard working Committee and Volunteers who made the Allora Heritage Weekend such a great success.

The weekend brings many visitors to our town, meaning a real boost to local businesses.

At the Heritage Weekend, Lester Diggles demonstrates his Ronaldson Tippett “CA” Crude Oil Engine. It starts on Kero and runs on sump oil and diesel- there are only 2 in Australia still going. Lester, who now comes from Warwick, grew up on the family property at Glengallan Flats; Ken Peck from Warwick with his pride and joy – a ‘56 Morris Minor in immaculate condition; A big attraction were these super-large Versatile Tractors owned by a Collector near Warwick. Photos: Allora Advertiser

Visitors to the Show-grounds were kept busy checking out the vintage and veteran cars and trucks, historical machinery, grand parades, stationary engines, retro caravans and the popular Swap Meet.

Graeme McMillan, President of the Allora & District Heritage Weekend was happy with the huge crowd and the large number of exhibitors who turned up for the two day festival.

Not bad for a something that started in 1996 when Graeme and a few blokes put their tractors at the Showground as there was nowhere else to park them.

The tractors drew a crowd and 27 years on it’s grown into a popular Festival that’s become known Australia wide.

From this … to this

It started with a broken down shell of a W900 Kenworth 1985 and after three and half years of intensive work, Mechanic Trevor Peck from Warwick built this Kenworth KW 900.

From this … to this.
Photos courtesy Allora Advertiser

It’s a beast of a truck but doesn’t see any heavy work “it’s just for showing” – says Trevor, seen here with wife Juanita at the Allora Heritage Weekend.

Allora Advertiser 1 February 2023

This article appeared in the Allora Advertiser, 1 February 2023.

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