Vintage machinery showcase day continues to draw fans

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Ron Webb with his 1923 Rushton-Hornsby 13 horsepower stationary engine.
Camera IconRon Webb with his 1923 Rushton-Hornsby 13 horsepower stationary engine. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

In the 15 years since its inception, the Tracmach Great Southern Plough and Fun Day has gone from humble beginnings to a thriving event for more than 115 members and their machinery.

This weekend, the Webb family farm will be transformed into a wonderland of vintage machinery.

The two-day event will have visitors intrigued by a working Grister, which will be run every hour on the hour for 15 minutes.

Organiser Denise Lister said whether you owned machinery or not, there was a lot of history to be absorbed across the weekend.

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“It is for all those who have an interest or love of all things vintage,” she said.

“Its purpose is to show the younger ones what Great-granddad and Granddad used all those years ago.

“It is also to preserve, restore and pass on the knowledge of how all things vintage work.

“In some cases, items are left in their working duds, and others are restored to showroom condition.”

Stationary engines will be featured in a purpose-built display.

A 1923 Rushton-Hornsby 13 horsepower engine owned by Rob Webb is part of the display — still working almost 100 years after it was built.

The program includes a vintage tractor pull and an earthmoving exhibition, in which a dam will be dug in the paddock using a Terex 8230B bulldozer, of which there are only a handful in Australia.

Ms Lister said there were now more than 115 members who brought along various vintage tractors, trucks, cars, caravans, motorbikes, tools and souvenirs.

“The Webb family have been and continue to be very generous in allowing our members to virtually take over their farm for this event,” she said.

Stalls, a car-boot sale, a bouncy castle and face painting will also be part of the fun.

The Tracmach Great Southern Plough and Fun Day will take place on May 4 and 5 at Webb Farm, 1804 Chesterpass Road, Albany.

Gates open to the public from 9am-4pm. Note, the day is a strictly dog-free event.

Cost is $10 a person, or free for children under 16.

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