ALL things mechanical come to the fore at Kootingal this weekend and the older, the better.
The Moonbi/Kootingal Motor Show and Historical Machinery Exhibition is on Saturday and Sunday at the Moonbi Showground from 9am each day.
Last year between 3500 and 4000 people came through the gates and organisers are confident of those kinds of numbers again this year.
The show will feature all things tractors – working tractors, tractor treks and a tractor pull – as well as steam engines, vintage cars, classic cars, street cars, hot rods and bikes of all persuasions.
There’ll be trade stalls and antique and collectable stalls and entertainment for the kids.
Features of this year’s event are a beautifully-restored Twin City 12-20 tractor owned by John and Dorothy Barwick, of Kingswood, and Tony McClelland’s 1929 United Trakson Crawler.
The event, organised by the Kootingal Motor Club, marks its 10th anniversary of sorts this year, but has come a long way from where it began.
In 2003, the motor club was established and its show became part of the Kootingal Pumpkin Festival.
By 2006 the show had grown so much that a new venue had to be found, so in 2007 it moved to the Moonbi Showground, was extended to two days and the Moonbi/Kootingal Motor Show was born.
The scope of the event continued to evolve though and three years later it became what it is today, the Moonbi/Kootingal Motor Show and Historical Machinery Exhibition.
The Kootingal Motor Club is a non-profit organisation with about 50 members whose charter is to “encourage the preservation and/or restoration of all vehicles and powered machinery”.
The annual show has become the pinnacle of this passion and this year will welcome exhibitors from all over the region as well as Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, North Coast and Mid-North Coast.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids under 16 free.