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Jimboomba Field Days – Saturday 25th June & Sunday, 26th June 2016

This event was proudly presented by the Rotary Club of Jimboomba Inc. and held at “Four Wynnes”, 348-474 Cusack Lane, Jimboomba from 9am to 4pm both days with funds raised being donated directly to drought affected farmers in Queensland and the local Jimboomba Cadets assisted with traffic direction and car parking. Traffic Controllers were on duty on Cusack Lane at the entry point and signage was in place to direct to parking area. A train service operated for visitors collecting from the carpark area and delivering to entrance gate.

On Saturday, eight (8) Heritage Truck Club members displayed their vehicles and/or tractors – with one member driving his tractor from home to the Field Day on such a cold wintery morning. The day turned into a great wintery day – good in the sun away from the breeze. The low temperatures and gusty winds did not deter visitors and over 3,500 people flowed through the gates to find what the region had on offer.

Businesses and organisations were on board and jumped at the chance to show their wares by participating in the field days. Displays and demonstrations were in abundance with over 100 exhibitors displaying their products and this enabled everyone to have a close look at what was on offer and have any questions answered. Many were pleasantly surprised and follow-up sales have been positive with businesses that braved the elements to present their wares. Emergency services in attendance were the SES, Jimboomba Fire & Emergency and Police.

Also popular on the day was the sheep shearing, wood carving and army tank, while the camp oven cooking had everyone’s mouth watering.

For the kids the many rides and the animal farm entry were free. Food and refreshment stalls were kept busy all day providing a great variety.

Jimboomba Rotary Club have been lending a hand and coming up with solutions to help those in need for years. What started out as some friendly rivalry in the ploughing sector between some rotary members from Oz and some New Zealand counterparts, the Jimboomba Club went one step further and in 2015 held their inaugural Tractor Ploughing competition and invited the Kiwis over to join them. It was so popular with locals and visitors they extended it to become part of the Jimboomba Field Days event. The tractor plough race was taken out by the Australians, however, the New Zealanders went away winners of the Tri Nations contest.

It was a weekend of good old-fashioned country fun and the day went off well considering it was the first one held. Next year’s event promises to be bigger and better.

To see a collection of photos from Saturday, please click here.

by Cheryl Nott

Club run to Bill Budd’s, Palm Beach – Saturday 18th June

The week prior to 18th June was far from ideal weather for relaxing driving and a Club run to the Gold Coast – it had been wet, very wet. Come the morning of the run and conditions were overcast but dry. Only 2 of the 18 Club members who attended departed from the designated departure point of BP Archerfield. The others made their individual journeys and I was with the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club as this was a joint Club run.

When we arrived at the address, there were several visiting cars parked outside and a second look revealed a glimpse of a ’64 Mustang through the fence. Everyone was curious about what was hidden from view behind the front fence and I am sure most were blown away once we got inside. Bill welcomed everyone and happily talked to members about his restorations and asked everyone to sign the ‘Visitor Book’ and add a comment. Our Club President, Trevor Davies, thanked Bill for opening up his private collection and welcoming everyone.

All enjoyed the morning tea and then went through areas to look at the collection of cars and memorabilia.

We then saw an FC Holden, a 1939 Pontiac (topless), a Ford Thunderbird, and another Mustang. This was when it really started getting interesting. There was a magnificent 1928 Buick Landau, a 1910 Buick, a Ford Mercury convertible, a ’57 Chevy, a Hot Rod, a Ford Customline convertible, an Austin 7, another Ford T-Bird and even a vintage pedal car.

Bill had taken the 1939 Pontiac to Coolangatta for the 2016 Cooly Rocks where over two kilometres of the Gold Coast beach front is lined with more than 1000 hot rods, custom and classic cars with pumping rockabilly, swing and rock’n’roll music in the background and I am sure this impressive car would have been noticed by the many Cooly Rocks enthusiasts.

Bill has a wonderful display of cars, but also a wonderful display of small memorabilia, number plates, road signs, hood and other car ornaments, hub caps, mascots, petrol caps, door handles and more. It just kept getting better and better all the time. Inside the house there was more motoring memorabilia and toys with soft toys high on the list. Not only was this a fantastic collection, it was well laid out and very nicely shown indeed – private collection well and truly worthy of any good museum.

Having enjoyed Bill and his son’s hospitality, we reluctantly moved on to the lunch stop with 17 members of the Bayside Vehicle Restorers Club, but before heading off some of our members were taken for a tour around the block in the topless 1939 Pontiac and came back with grins from ear to ear. what a car!!

Lunch was at Winders Park on the banks of Currumbin Creek which used to be the original playground of the Currumbin State School. We all enjoyed a friendly relaxing lunch together before parting ways for the trip back to Brisbane and on departing the park admiring the 12 sculptured pelicans.

It was a great run and most enjoyable day and pleasant company with members of the Bayside Restorers Vehicle Club. A special thanks to Bill for opening his home and wonderful collection to us all.

To see a collection of photos from this club run, please click here.

by Cheryl Nott