Beaudesert Times 8 May 1931: "A steady stream of moving lights...held our attention for over an hour."
The cavalcade of motorcars leaving the Beaudesert Race Track bound for Brisbane after dusk was, to enthralled locals, "a beautiful spectacle".
Although becoming increasingly commonplace, seeing so great a number of car headlights bouncing and flickering over unsealed roads was an awe-inspiring novelty.
It was, after all, only eight years earlier, in 1923, that the entire Beaudesert district was home to only twenty-nine automobiles, owned by twenty-one comparatively well-to-do road-going residents.
Twelve Fords, six Buicks, two Studebakers, two Sunbeams, two Hupmobiles and two Dodges shared the contentiously dodgy roads with one Fiat, one Overland and one International Bus owned by Rathdowney's Norup Brothers.
For those south of Beaudesert, it was one particularly bad patch of road at Laravale that drew the ire of locals.
Attempting to dodge both the implication and the potholes, Councillor Drynan reassured residents that the road was "no worse than others in the shire."
"A very damaging admission", countered Kooralbyn's Charles W. Bundock.
Indeed, driving on local roads may not have been for the faint-hearted, but neither was the price tag of a new car.
At the cost of £205, the new 1923 Ford touring car was fifty-eight times the average weekly wage. For that, however, one got a nifty self-starting motor and electric lights.
As a result, Ford was the vehicle of choice for Thomas Flood Plunket, Henry Bruxner and one of the region's three female drivers, Bridget Stretton.
By comparison, plush Buicks, owned by Major Douglas Harris, Herbert Lahey and Frederick Nicholson, did not have self-starting engines.
However, a new 1924 Buick did come with a larger crankshaft, "increased attractiveness", and a hefty price of £520 for six cylinders of extra bounce on bumpy roads.
No doubt many locals regularly sought the mechanical services of Beaudesert's D. Edward (Teddy) Benyon. Benyon's Garage had been listed as one of Queensland's leading garages in the 1923 Motor Owners of Queensland almanac.
But, unfortunately, his business success was to be short-lived as 29-year-old Teddy succumbed to septicaemia from a deep gash to his knee in the April of 1924 - a mere four years before the discovery of penicillin and along two decades before practical application of the drug.
In the July of 1927, with an increased workload and an increase in automobiles, W. Rasmussen had begun constructing a new garage in Anna Street, politely promising "prompt attention...to all work entrusted to me."
Martin Blunck's garage had been operating from a run-down shanty opposite the railway station since 1923.
By 1935, Blunck was also the successful Ford agent selling both new and used cars.
By December 1937, Syd Everdell, having sold his business to R. Carey, had re-built his garage after a fire destroyed Carey's workshop and the Logan and Albert Hotel.
In January 1928, the Beaudesert branch of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) celebrated their first birthday and launched the new Roadside Breakdown Service Scheme.
They were also publicly credited with much-needed local road improvements.
On that note, we shall end with the timeless words of Charles Bundock, penned in 1921: "I cannot conceive of anyone, in full possession of his faculties, driving any of the roads in the shire in a car for pleasure."
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