Goulburn, Taralga and Wombeyan Caves, in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, became the setting for the National Historic Machinery Association’s 2010 National Tractor Trek, hosted by the Southern Tablelands Vintage Farm Machinery Club.
Drivers’ Briefing Prior to the trek
Held every two years, at a different location throughout Australia, the event ran over four days, from the 18th to the 21st of November 2010. Over 100 vintage tractors and military vehicles travelled from throughout New South Wales and interstate to take part in the trek.
Six tractors made the trip from South Australia, twelve from Victoria, including Mildura, a couple from Queensland, and machines from all over New South Wales, including Wentworth.
As Club Secretary, I was very happy with how smoothly the event ran, and the strong support from the Taralga community. The drivers and their families enjoyed four great days of trekking around the district, with the annual heritage rally at Taralga Showground; the Goulburn Waterworks and Wombeyan Caves being highlights on the trek. We were pleased to have progressed from the successful Hamilton event in 2008, with the numbers up over 100, especially considering the distances travelled. The NHMA National Tractor Trek is well established now, and our Club looks forward to supporting the successful bidder for the 2012 Trek.
Some of the tractors with the Goulburn Waterworks in background
The oldest tractor to participate in the Trek was a 1938 Silver King, owned and driven by Trevor Payne, from the Cherry Capital Machinery Club. The heritage rally on Saturday and Sunday saw an influx of a further 150 tractors, many vintage cars, bikes, and a contingent of restored trucks. A Jelbart tractor and a Rumely oil engine tractor made very interesting exhibits as they joined the main parade.
The Powerhouse Museum put on a great display of models and photographs from their extensive archive collection, and had professional staff on hand to talk to visitors. Thousands of spectators enjoyed the sunny weekend and picturesque heritage village setting to witness live steam threshing and baling, steam operated shearing shearing gear, and the ever popular vintage tractor pull.
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