IT'S NOT unusual to see a tractor on the road in our area. But it is unusual when 40 tractors rumble by.
A small convoy of tractors, of many shapes and sizes, trekked around the Biloela area this week.
The trek is part of the national tractor trek and is the first time that Queensland has hosted the event.
The convoy comprises tractors that have been lovingly restored right through to those brought in from the paddock.
Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club secretary Cindy Cooper said the club had seen many different tractors this year.
"There is one particular tractor that is just immaculately restored and is absolutely beautiful and then there are others that are in their working clothes that I think are equally as interesting because they have a bit of character about them," she said.
The convoy will travel around 200km over three days.
Cindy said the trek gave tractor enthusiasts the chance to socialise among like-minded people.
"I think generally with the machinery movement - it doesn't matter where you come from or what age you are," she said.
"If you have a piece of machinery that's restored it's something that they love to talk about and share."
The club was selected to host the trek through their national body the National Historical Machinery Association.
This year the club has been extra busy hosting the national tractor trek just days before the Queensland Heritage Rally.
"What we have got after the tractor trek this year is the Queensland Heritage Rally," she said.
"It's a rally that our club actually initiated in 2004; it is a state-based rally so it moves through the whole state and is the second time we have had it.
"It was actually formed because the national rally happens every two years and in the past it has been in the southern states many many times."
Cindy said the rally would have many different demonstrations to help "turn back time for future generations".
"We have over 300 exhibitors registered," she said.
"We will have over 600 people on site at all times.
"I don't know if we will get anywhere near the number of people we had for the national rally (that the club held in 2007) because that was about 15,000, so we will be happy if we get 5000."
The rally will start today from 8am-5pm and the same on Saturday and will go from 8am-3pm on Sunday.