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25 February, 2022

Start Your Engines for Allora Heritage Weekend

Allora Heritage Weekend President Graeme McMillan and his committee were all smiles after the organisations recent meeting where it was decided the postponed 2022 Heritage Weekend would go ahead on May 14th & 15th.

The Allora Heritage Weekend can be considered the stuff of boyhood and Olympic champion dreams. Local lads Matthew Denny and Matthew Cowley explore a vintage Ford truck at a past Heritage event

Mr McMillan advised that the postponement was brought about by ongoing and heightening COVID-19 concerns that also resulted in the cancellation of the 2022 Allora Annual Show, “our committee’s decision was based on concerns over the Covid- 19 situation and the risk to volunteers, patrons and the wider community.”

“We have a COVID-19 plan, as was the case last year that worked very effectively, and given the lightening of health restrictions across the State we are confident we can host a safe event.”

“It’s a pity to have had to break with the long-standing tradition of hosting the event on the Australia Day Weekend, but any weekend this year will be a good one for an event considered synonymous with Allora.”

The 2021 Allora Heritage Weekend was considered by organisers and regular attendees to be the biggest in the event’s 28 year history.

Vintage vehicle and machinery enthusiasts from around the nation will again have the opportunity to take to the many roads leading to Allora and its picturesque showgrounds.

As always, the Weekend will provide significant memories for some, and a wondrous education for others, but you can be certain it will hold the attention of the thousands who are expected through the Showgrounds gate with a display that is rated among the best of its type in the nation.

Born in 1995, the Weekend unfolded as an opportunity for local enthusiasts to roll their vehicles, machinery & motors out of their sheds and have a bit of fun.

It has grown in amazing proportions with Allora bursting at the seams with visitors, exhibit numbers in the thousands and international fame. 

While historical machinery will roll into Allora from around Australia, the contribution from local vehicle and machinery restorers gives accurate recollections of Allora’s historical past.

As was initially promoted, the feature exhibits for the coming Heritage Weekend are Tractors – McCormick International and Bulldogs; Trucks – International; Cars – English and Military Vehicles; Stationary Engines: Witte and Motorcycles – Indian and AJS.

Heritage Weekend Pres-ident Graeme McMillan suggests we all “watch this page” for updates over the coming few months and mark your diaries with the dates of Queensland’s favourite and biggest Heritage event.

Glyn Rees

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