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Larrikin’s invention serves tea

MEALS ON WHEELS: Ted Cowley with his innovative
MEALS ON WHEELS: Ted Cowley with his innovative "tucker wagon", a modified buggy. Toni Somes

WHAT do you get when you bang together (neatly, of course) a Singer sewing machine drawer, a steel battery box from a tractor and a re-modelled trotting gig?

Answer: a bush bloke's version of a mobile barista or a functional, rather than fancy, coffee cart.

Though it could be argued the intricate wooden engraving on the resurrected drawer takes this tucker box on wheels into the designer realm.

Launched in time for the second show on the Southern Downs circuit, the "tucker wagon" proved the perfect way to feed the judges, stewards and officials at Allora.

The wagon was the fascinating brainchild of Allora handyman Ted Cowley, who reckons the idea was "two years in his head and two weeks in the making".

"I had an old trotting gig that needed a new job," he joked.

ON THE MOVE: Complete with water cooler and stainless steel rubbish bin.
ON THE MOVE: Complete with water cooler and stainless steel rubbish bin.

 

"The steel battery box was from a tractor and now holds the thermos; the Singer sewing machine drawer keeps the sugar and teaspoons secure and we've got purpose-built spaces for the esky, water bottle, rubbish bin and even hand sanitiser.

"Maybe I could even hire it out - all you need is something like a quad bike or all-terrain vehicle to give it a tow."

The larrikin local was in his element lapping the showgrounds with his refreshments to the rescue.

"Depending on what the arena's like, the wagon's not too rough," he said.

However, those on the receiving end of the coffee and cake deliveries may just prefer their morning tea shaken, not stirred.