Lively crowd at Lardner Park

Lardner Park was overrun with retro rigs on the first weekend of February, playing home to over 250 displays

Despite harsh sun belting down on Lardner Park, The Heritage Vehicle and Machinery Display was a roaring success.

Bringing together history and vehicle buffs from all over Australia, the two-day event was bustling with family fun and enjoyment.

Spokesperson Peter Farley says while the heat was a deterrent for some, around 1,800 to 2,000 attendees slapped on some sunscreen and came for a look at the massive display.

“We probably had in excess of 250 displays here in total,” he says.

“On Saturday alone we had 156 trucks, all over 25 years old.”

Image: Steven Harley

There was a truck for every taste on show, from Diamond Ts and Kenworths to old Commers and Macks.

“We had probably two or three traction engines and around 20-30 stationary engines there of various sizes.”

Yet the displays didn’t stop there, with 25-30 tractors to view and a couple of bulldozers on display.

Image: Steven Harley

If trucks or tractors weren’t your thing, vintage car enthusiasts even got to pitch in, with around 50 historical vehicles joining the crowd.

“It was just such a fantastic line-up,” Farley says.

A highlight for Farley was the Saturday night dinner, boasting over 220 attendees.

“That was pretty big, even for us. We even had an auction that night that went well,” he says.

Image: Steven Harley

With a focus on camaraderie instead of competition, the event strays away from truck or vehicle judging.

However, Farley says there were some trucks you just couldn’t keep your eyes off.

“I got to say, because it’s a display and we don’t do any judging, I hate to single anything out,” he says.

“But we had some recently restored trucks here and one was a Commer with a stock crate that had just been done.

“It was absolutely spectacular.”

Image: Steven Harley

Farley says despite the horrible weather, he loved seeing the community get together.

“The whole event was positive, and it was really nice to see people catching up.”

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