Since its inception in the USA in 1991, the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC) has fostered the establishment of individual representative Chapters to allow like-minded member groups the opportunity to gather at a local level and support the goal of the Club overall.
• David Jones’ Cat.30 on its first outing at Biloela Rally, being driven by his son, Dean.
The Club’s aim is to assist and educate its members and the general public to appreciate the historic role of Caterpillar machinery in shaping the world. They do this through promoting the collection, preservation, restoration, display, and study of Caterpillar products and memorabilia, as well as those of its related predecessors.
As the founding representative of the first ACMOC Chapter in Australia five years ago, Chapter 18 represents around 50 members located in Northern NSW, throughout Queensland, and one member from the Northern Territory. This is a significant geographical area as you can imagine so keeping personal contact is not always easy but the Chapter strives to find opportunities for all members to participate in meetings and events. Our predominate membership is located in the south-east corner of Queensland where we make a showing at most major rallies - sometimes this involves just our Club banner, tent, and chairs to entice members and enthusiasts to stay for a yarn while selling some models and merchandise.
Often we use these events to hold Club meetings, of which we have at least four per year. One of our goals is to vary our venues and displays so members see different scenery and tractors, and this keeps things
• Some members checking out a Wide 15 at the Yatala meeting.
We put on a barbecue lunch and had a wonderful and informative day. This was followed by the Brisbane Historical Truck show, perhaps a little quieter this year, but still a good event.
My wife, Deanna, and I then went to the Mareeba Field Days to support our North Queensland members, and in July we attended the Biloela Rally, which didn’t disappoint with half a dozen Cats on display. Some had a run on the sled and performed very well, and David Jones showed off his tail seat Thirty for its first outing. Our last meeting, and AGM, was at the new Caterpillar parts facility at Yatala.
This is one of two Caterpillar-operated parts facilities in Australia, with another in Melbourne - both of these form a part of 13 identical facilities around the world. Caterpillar has become famous for their attention to parts and after-sales service - an important aspect of their business since they began - so it was great to see the current commitment and the scale of operations during our extensive tour of the facility. The shed covers 13.5 acres plus a large outside storage area. It is also the south-east Asian base for all Cat Global Mining parts (including the former Bucyrus Eyre now owned by Caterpillar).
We were invited to come back again next year for our AGM meeting, which I am sure we will. As I write this, our current plan is to attend the Macksville rally being held September 2017, as we understand there is enough interest in that region to hopefully get another ACMOC Chapter started.
• A couple of the 112 units at the TADOMS QHR Rally at Oakey.
For the full story, make sure to check out issue #194 October/November 2017 edition of The Old Machinery Magazine - back issues available here
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