Heritage, Shows, Truck events, Vintage

Retro rigs on display at Lardner Park

Sweltering temperatures didn’t put off the crowds of vintage vehicle enthusiasts at Lardner Park in Victoria over the weekend, as they gathered together for the Heritage Vehicle and Machinery Display.  

Over 1500 people came through the gates on February 3 and 4 to check out more than 250 displays of trucks, cars, tractors, bulldozers and a host of machinery.  

Organiser Peter Farley said the event was a huge success.  

“There was a huge range of vehicles and machinery there, dating from 1998 right back to the early 1900s,” he said. 

“It was a great chance for everyone to show off their vehicles and tell stories from the old days, that’s what it’s all about.”

The event was heaven for vintage vehicle buffs. Image: Steven Harley 

About 160 retro rigs were on display on Saturday, from Kenworth W models to Diamond Ts.  

Although there wasn’t a competitive aspect to the weekend, Farley said all eyes were on one recently restored Commer with a stock crate.  

“It had just been done and it’s really special, it definitely stood out,” he said.  

Other highlights over the weekend included a Saturday night dinner that boasted over 220 attendees.  

A beautifully restored Dodge tow truck. Image: Steven Harley

Organised by the Trafalgar Truck Restorers Club in collaboration with the Baw Baw Engine and Auto Club, Farley said plans are already in place for next year’s Heritage Vehicle and Machinery Display. 

“We will certainly be back – it’s going to be on the weekend of February 1st next year!”  

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