Having spent my Christmas break overseas in Singapore and Hong Kong, finding out what it’s like to live in countries that don’t have a strong automotive history, nor do they really care too much about owning such equipment due to the geographical layout of their land as well as the fact that they have a huge population living in a small space, it was great to get back home and take in the atmosphere of where our automotive enthusiasm originated from!
The Geelong Classic Truck and Machinery show, held at the Geelong Showgrounds, plays host to large working displays of the beginnings of our love of mechanical machinery, firstly through steam powered machines and onto the combustion engine.
From static displays of working steam engines through to a large variety of farming machinery and road transport, visitors to the event could get a first hand view of these juggernauts of the past!
The main event was the tractor pull as tractor enthusiasts tested the torque of their maintained machines against the sliding weight scale as they powered down to see how far they could travel before breaking traction!
There were many other static displays as well including our classic cars and two wheeled foot powered push bikes.
A major draw card was the The R1830 Pratt & Whitney on display from the B 24 Liberator Memorial – Werribee. This massive jet engine is normally seen attached to the wing of a plane but the ingenuity of the restorers allowed us to see it run in all its glory mounted on a sturdy stand!
There was also an interesting display from the Frontiers Living History Group giving us a glimpse into how our ancestors settled into the country.
Well done to Chris and the team for running such a successful event that is growing in statue each year! Check out the pics below and post it in your calendar for next year!
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