IT WAS the largest audience that had crowded onto the hill at the Biloela Showgrounds for over a decade.
So no wonder organisers of last year's hugely successful Crash-a-rama have put preparations for the 2017 event into top gear.
Sixteen cars have been gutted and fitted out with the appropriate gear ready for the May 20 bang-up and they will be joined by three vehicles who survived the 2016 carnage.
"Last year's event was massive," organiser John Sheppard said.
"The show society said tickets sales for last year's show were the biggest they had enjoyed for 10 years and the size of the crowd lined up around the arena was amazing.
"Judging by the interest we have seen already, this year is going to be bigger," he said.
The entire event has been made possible by the generosity of local businesses.
The majority of the cars have been sourced by Linemac Motors, the stripping and fit outs done by Tyrepower, Ag Mechanical, Biloela Mechanical, Biloela Tools and Bearings, Daves Panel and Paint, CQ Autoglass and BMAS, with Biloela Bins carting away eight skip bins full of unwanted car parts and pieces. Mr Sheppard said the cars would be auctioned off at Linemac Motors on Friday May 5.
"This will give the buyers a couple of weeks to paint the vehicles in their corporate colours or to their desired themes."
The concept, launched last year, was designed to bring crowds back to the Callide Valley Show and help raise money for local charities.
"Last year the cars went for between $1000 and $1800 and we are asking businesses and community groups to considering purchasing a car or friends to form syndicates.
"The greatest thing about this event is that all the proceeds go to local charities.
"Everything is donated, which means that every single cent from the auction is passed onto these charities, thanks to the terrific support of a long list of businesses."
"Last year we raised $21,500 with $8,000 going to the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service, $7700 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and another $4100 to the local school chaplaincy program."
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