More than 6,270 people attended the inaugural Planes, Trains and Autos event held in Ipswich on Saturday 1 May.
The skies were filled with spectacular aerobatic displays and The Workshops Rail Museum was overflowing with displays manned by passionate exhibitors who were there to share their love of all things rail, aviation and autos.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding opened the event saying she was especially excited to see a F-111 module that she has worked on during her time at RAAF Base Amberley.
“Planes, Trains and Autos pays tribute to our city’s rich history as the heartland of Queensland’s industrial development, while celebrating our present and future as a hub for defence, logistics and advanced manufacturing,” Mayor Harding said.
Visitors came to see the aviation, auto and train displays, muscle cars, motorcycles through the ages and drag cars and to also hear from some of Australia’s motor sport superstars Craig Lowndes, two-time Dakar Rally and Red Bull Factory KTM Rally Team rider Toby Price and three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss.
Planes, Trains and Autos was officially designated as an Air Force 100 event in celebration of the Centenary of Air Force, meaning it is officially part of the Royal Australian Air Force’s efforts to mark 100 years of service to Australia.
All eyes were on the skies when the Royal Australian Air Force’s formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes, performed precision manoeuvres with multiple aircraft, and the Red Thunder Warbirds zoomed overhead.
“The spectacular aerial displays by the Red Thunder Warbirds and the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes meant that the event was enjoyed by residents right across Ipswich, not just those who secured a free ticket to the event,” Mayor Harding said.
The 2021 Planes, Trains and Autos event was presented in partnership with RPQ Group and supported by The Workshops Rail Museum, Royal Australian Air Force, Willowbank Raceway, The Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway, Bremer Ford, Toyota Material Handling, 9News Queensland, and The Queensland Times.
Be sure to mark the calendar next month when the Festival of Horsepower kicks off.
It will be a month-long program featuring the Winternationals, the largest drag racing event outside the US, at Willowbank Raceway, along with Ipswich Cup and a Family Race Day at Ipswich Turf Club, 2 Days of Thunder at QLD Raceway, the Ipswich Kart Club Endurance Challenge, social events and more.