Vintage Truck and Machinery Show chugs into Glen Innes

Chris Sharman, a rebuilder of Australian engineering history.
Chris Sharman, a rebuilder of Australian engineering history.

There is a real extravaganza at the Showground this weekend – a display of the machinery that made an economy.

The Vintage Truck and Machinery Show promises to be a showcase of the moving parts which kept New England going – either the trucks that trucked the produce out to the markets of the world and also trucked in the goods we desired.

And the machines – the engines – that kept the shearing sheds producing the wool that kept much of the world warm.

The show brings together enthusiasts who renovate the machines.

The Engine Enthusiast

Chris Sharman from Glen Innes, organiser of the engine section of the weekend show, said there was a deep satisfaction in renovating a forgotten engine rusting away in a paddock.

He has 32 engines in different stages of restoration, some of them in the shed behind his house in Glen Innes. He’s also the Vice President of the Guyra Machinery Group so part of a community which shares knowledge – and enthusiasm.