Gas Engine Magazine

Manawata Vintage Machinery

By Staff

Waithohi Road, R.D. 6 Palmerston North New Zealand

Here are some photos of the 100th year of the tractor rally put
on by the Manawata Vintage Machinery Club, held at Glen Oroua in
the Manawata (near Palmerston North) New Zealand. The dates it was
held: 15th and 16th of April, 1989.

The first day was fine except for a cool breeze. Ploughing was
done on both days. A portable sawmill was operating more or less
continuously through both days, driven by a portable steam engine
and a traction engine coupled together. Threshing took place at 3
o’clock on Saturday and on Sunday it was held a little later
because of some rain. Sunday started out with light rain which
cleared at lunchtime until halfway through the parade when it
started again. About an hour later it started to clear. So we
hurried the rest of the wheat through the Case tin mill. At the
bottom of the stack there were quite a few fat rats and mice which
scampered away through the crowd which did not seem to notice them.
It was quite a good display for public and exhibitors alike despite
the rain.

As a matter of interest the Emerson Brantingham was the oldest
tractor there and is in original condition, owned by the family.
Seems it survived well because it was that very good at ploughing
etc. It was used only for stationary work, such as cuff cutters,
sawmill, etc.

  • Published on Sep 1, 1989
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