Vintage trucks en route to Dubbo


The NSW city of Dubbo will host the Golden Oldies Vintage Truck and Tractor Show on the first weekend in August

Vintage trucks en route to Dubbo
Vintage trucks en route to Dubbo
The Golden Oldies Vintage Truck and Tractor Show at Dubbo on August 7 and 8 promises to be a spectacle to delight and entertain not only old truck and tractor enthusiasts but the whole public.

There were many and varied accolades from attendees after 2008’s event. The event’s appeal to women and children was particularly gratifying to the organisers from the Golden Oldies Truck Club, who have the cherished dream to preserve Australia’s commercial vehicles and history.

The club says it strives to give the youth an appreciation of and involvement in the restoration of commercial vehicles of the past.

This body of truck restoration enthusiasts became united as a club in 2006 after the Golden Oldies Vintage Truck Register was formed (by former Club President Ed Eminson) to catalogue historic commercial vehicles.

It was recognised that club members often had interests in tractors too. The club encouraged this — in the past trucks were needed to transport tractors.

The club says its aim is to encourage and assist "preserving history on big wheels" and to host a regular Vintage Truck and Tractor Show at the Dubbo Showgrounds.

The Golden Oldies have enjoyed some fantastic partnerships with other clubs and individuals. The result in 2008 was huge displays of vintage tractors, trucks, cars, motorcycles and steam traction engines; both working and as static displays. The hugely successful show drew exhibitors and visitors from all states of Australia.

Tractor pulls, bag loaders and balance beam events were featured with tractor events and a grand parade and commentary featuring both trucks and tractors.

Following the success of the 2008 event, the Golden Oldies Club, ever mindful of the need to provide new and interesting exhibits for visitors, decided to hold the show every two years and to include new interest groups and events at each show.

This year the show will feature historic trucks, tractors, stationary motors and a large display of model vintage trucks.

New and exciting moving events are planned for the tractors and trucks.

The fairer sex has not been overlooked either. This year the ladies have their very own ‘Ladies’ Shed’, a pavilion featuring quilting, patchwork and other displays and demonstrations.

This will not be just another static truck and tractor show. Visitors will experience the sight, sounds and smells of big and small machines from yesteryear at work and play.

Prefacing the show, two local rallies will be organised on Friday, August 6 August.

A visit to Gilgandra and the Rural Museum is planned for the faster vehicles.

Another rally will be planned on a shorter route that will include points of interest for the larger and slower vehicles.

Gates open on August 7 and August 8 at 9am. Admission is $20 for families and $10 for adults, while children under 16 are admitted free. The Golden Oldies Truck Club website at www.goldenoldiestruckclub.com has more information.

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