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Rare machinery and collectables go up for sale

DOWNSIZING: After years of collecting machinery and vintage items, Des and Moya Wicks are set to hold a clearing sale to downsize their huge collection.
DOWNSIZING: After years of collecting machinery and vintage items, Des and Moya Wicks are set to hold a clearing sale to downsize their huge collection. Amy Lyne / Gatton Star

MOYA Wicks has the collector's bug bad - so bad it's time to buy a farm to house the collection.

Mrs Wicks and husband Des met 20 years ago and bonded over a mutual love of machinery.

Mr Wicks ran Wicks Truck Repairs in Drayton and Mrs Wicks soon bought a 1927 Chev Tourer to restore, which became their wedding car.

"Most brides might make something for their wedding like the dress, but I made the car,” she joked.

"I got it finished a week before and it was a good thing too.

"The wedding would've been called off if it wasn't ready.”

The car was just the first in a long line of acquisitions that slowly got out of hand.

Mrs Wicks said the business's one-acre block was no longer big enough for the impressive collection of cars, tractors, stationary engines and collectables they had amassed throughout the years.

"We want to buy a farm later in the year,” she said.

"When we started collecting we bought anything and everything we could get our hands on and we ended up with miles too much stuff.

"We're all hoarders.”

She said they were looking forward to having a bit more space to play with their "toys”, because chugging up and down their Drayton street in vintage tractors caused a few too many funny looks from the neighbours, who were also prone to the odd head shake when they noticed a new acquisition being trucked in.

But first they needed to hold a clearing sale to get rid of the things they were least attached to in the collection.

Mrs Wicks said there would be a huge range of items for sale including a rare 1912 International Famous Victa stationary engine collectors would be keen to get their hands on, along with some of the couple's 60 tractors and a host of memorabilia and collectables like milk cans and oil cans.

"There is a lot of rare stuff people will be interested in,” Mrs Wicks said.

"We've even got people ringing up from Victoria and all over Australia to ask about it.”

The sale will be held at the business, 6 Sowden St, opposite the Toowoomba Mower Centre, on Saturday, March 4, from 9am.

Buyers can view the sale items on Friday, March 3.

For further information about the sale visit www.toowoombaauction centre.com.au or call agent Pat Dunne on 0413182022.

Topics:  clearing sale collectables vintage machinery


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