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Mecca for Mackers in Gatton

DIGGING IT: Caitlin and Ben Gotz test out a tractor at the 21st annual Historic Truck, Tractor and Machinery Show in Gatton.
DIGGING IT: Caitlin and Ben Gotz test out a tractor at the 21st annual Historic Truck, Tractor and Machinery Show in Gatton. Tom Threadingham

THE roaring sound of powerful engines, blindingly polished chrome and rolling historic nostalgia could mean only one thing on Saturday - the trucks were back in town.

Gatton was turned into a heavy vehicle and machinery mecca for enthusiasts as the 21st annual Historic Truck, Tractor and Machinery Show rolled into town.

Held by the Historic Commercial Vehicle Association of Queensland (HCVAQ), the event at the Gatton Showgrounds saw more than 200 vehicles of all shapes and sizes take pride of place.

It was the fourth time the show had been held in Gatton, with the event also marking the return of the Mack Muster.

HCVAQ annual Historic Truck, Tractor and Machinery Show publicity officer Ron Carroll said just over 100 Mack trucks proudly lined up for the Mack Muster.

The show was just as popular as ever, with record crowds also flowing onto the showgrounds to admire the big-wheeled beasts.

"It went very well and we had record crowd numbers through the gates on Saturday," Mr Carroll said.

"I think it was the best Saturday we've ever had and we were absolutely impressed with the number of people turning up.

"The weather was kind to us and everyone was happy too."

Among the shiny beasts on display was Chris "Mussy" Deen's 250-tonne rated Southern Cross 50th anniversary edition Mack Titan with custom paint and graphics.

Historic fire engines also made the trip to the show, with demonstrations on their firefighting capabilities entertaining crowds.

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