Bed­ford to pro­mote re­gion

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

A SPE­CIAL hand-over marked the 25th an­nual His­toric Truck and Trac­tor Show at the week­end.

Fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion of the floods in the Lock­yer Val­ley in 2011, the His­toric Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land do­nated $15,000 to the coun­cil’s flood ap­peal.

For­mer mayor, the late Steve Jones de­cided the funds would go to­wards a ve­hi­cle that could be used to tra­verse flood wa­ter in an emer­gency.

The coun­cil bought a 1977 4x4 Bed­ford truck, which had been used as a fire truck in NSW, re­stored it and kept it reg­is­tered to be used in time of need.

But un­der work­place health and safety laws, which came in soon af­ter, em­ploy­ees could not use it.

Coun­cil de­cided the truck should be pre­sented to the as­so­ci­a­tion, which will use it to pro­mote the re­gion wher­ever it trav­els.

Coun­cil­lor Jan­ice Hol­stein handed the keys to group pres­i­dent Ron Car­roll to of­fi­cially open the show on Satur­day.

“We’re go­ing to leave the Lock­yer Val­ley sign writ­ing on the doors and we’re go­ing to have an A-frame made telling the story of the truck and the Lock­yer Val­ley,” Mr Car­roll said.

“We will take it to shows and runs and present it wher­ever we go.

“It ab­so­lutely drives like magic. We love it.”

It was Mr Jones who en­cour­aged the as­so­ci­a­tion to move the show from Bris­bane to Gat­ton sev­eral years ago.

The group wants to at­tract spon­sors and raise funds to buy “SJONES” num­ber plates for the truck.

The 2018 event had more than 160 ve­hi­cles roll into the Gat­ton Showgrounds on the week­end with a wide range of ve­hi­cles on show.

“We’re happy with the num­ber of en­tries that have come in, they’ve come in from ev­ery­where,” Mr Car­roll said.

“The num­bers we’ve got here (on Satur­day) ranks up there with the best we’ve had and the best va­ri­ety as well. (The va­ri­ety) is the best part of it.”

PHO­TOS: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

HAND OVER: HCVAQ pres­i­dent Ron Car­roll is handed the keys to the Bed­ford by LVRC Jan­ice Hol­stein.

Cody King and Paul Bochner at the His­toric Truck and Trac­tor Show held at the Gat­ton Showgrounds.

Peter Duce with one of the RACQ’S his­toric fleet which was on dis­play to pa­trons.

Ge­orge Goold shows off a 1954 Bed­ford TA Tow Truck on Satur­day.

Deek Thomp­son and Sheri­dan Craig check out the trucks and trac­tors on dis­play.

Fire­fight­ers Stephen Soderquist and Gary Cars­burg en­joy a day out.

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