Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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Vintage vehicles polish up for show


Historic and vintage vehicles lined the Cleveland Showgrounds: Emily Rogers

The Historic Commercial Vehicle Association (QLD) rolled into Brisbane’s bayside on the weekend for the 16th annual Old Truck and Machinery Family Spectacular.

The Cleveland Showgrounds were abuzz with hundreds of historic and vintage vehicles – vans and utilities, mining and quarry equipment, tractors, earthmovers, buses and more.

According to show organiser Gary Tesch, people come from interstate and overseas to see what he says is the most diverse range of club member vehicles in south-east Queensland all in the one location.

“How often can a family get up beside some of these trucks and stand there in safety while they’re looking them over? You can’t do it on the roads,” Mr Tesch said.

To the delight of many classic truck enthusiasts, retired truck driver Jim Nicola brought along his 1972 F100 for display.

Mr Nicola lovingly restored the old Ford to its former glory after stepping in to rescue it from certain death seven years ago.

“I saved it from a wreckers,” he said. “It was going to be wrecked.”

The Vintage Speedcar Association (QLD) also brought along a selection of speedcars raced from as early as the 1950s.

Member Lyle Gaugh said the speedcar stirs up a lot of interest.

Often they bring back “childhood memories,” he said.

“When they went to exhibition [people] used to see them run. They say, ‘oh yeah I remember that’.”