A 2-Day Rally In Auckland, New Zealand


| July/August 1988

  • 2 HP Black-stone Engine
    A 1930 English 2 HP Black-stone, in background a 1928 1 HP Jumbo, owned by Roger Walton.
  • Elto
    An Elto, designed by Evinrude.
  • American marine engine
    Wayne Butler's rare American marine engine.
  • 19113 HP Ideal Engine
    19113 HP Ideal owned by Terry Lowry-nice restoration.
  • English Bamford diesel 6 HP
    English Bamford diesel 6 HP, 1936, owner George Marr.
  • English 3 Hp Capel Engine
    English 3 Hp Capel, c. 1916 also belongs to Roger Walton.

  • 2 HP Black-stone Engine
  • Elto
  • American marine engine
  • 19113 HP Ideal Engine
  • English Bamford diesel 6 HP
  • English 3 Hp Capel Engine

117 Godley Road Green Bay, Auckland 7, New Zealand

Pukekohe is 35 miles south of Auckland and is reached by driving through rolling pastureland, quite delightful unless you are pulling a large Lister single cylinder 9 HP carriage mounted engine which in turn is roped onto a tandem axle trailer and all is being towed by a 2 Litre Holden Jackaroo (Isuzu Trooper). Held the traffic up for miles!

The occasion was the Franklin Vintage Machinery Club Rally. The date was the 6th and 7th of February. As the secretary of the Vintage Engine Restorers, Auckland (V.E.R.A.), we had been invited to take our restored engines along as part of the overall display. The Rally included the Chrysler Car Club, vintage tractors, traction engines, vintage military vehicle display, a tractor pull, threshing-baling display and stationary engines.

The tractor pull was the first in New Zealand and is modeled from an Australian design which in turn copied the American idea. The novelty of this had all kinds of operators and tractors trying their strength from a single cylinder Lanz Bulldog (German) through an A.E.C. Matador 6 Cylinder diesel 1942 trooper carrier and Kiwi Bigfoot 454 Chrysler engine and a Burrell traction engine. Most enjoyable to watch but I have digressed.



The engines in our display were varied so that the public could see horizontal open cranks as well as verticals. There were 10 New Zealand made engines, 12 English engines and 10 American engines. The New Zealand engines were all Andersons with a solitary Robert J. Laird, all 2?-3HP. The American makes included Stovers, Moguls, Iowa Clifton-marine engine, very rare, Associated Manufacturing Chore Boy, Briggs and Stratton, Witte and a 1911 3 HP Ideal (rate)

The English assortment had Listers from 2HP to 9HP on its carriage and screen cooling system, a 2? HP Black-stone vertical, a Petter 2-stroke petrol engine and direct coupled compressor and a beautifully restored Bamford diesel engine.



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