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Ian Stewart Award

This award has been established to encourage young people to get involved in our hobby to keep it alive for future generations. Ian Stewart was very passionate about getting the young involved and was a founding Member of the NHMA. He felt that a National body to bring all Vintage Machinery Enthusiasts together was the way to grow the hobby and pass on the knowledge of all members to the younger generations.

The guidelines for the award are set out in a way that asks the young enthusiast to strive to do the best they can with their chosen project and seek advice and assistance from a mentor and other club members. The NHMA committee all agreed that the award funding deserves to be a substantial amount, so we felt that this investment of up to $8000.00 per year was an appropriate amount ($1000.00 per Australian state and territory).

Before completing an application form an individual or group must seek the support of a local club. This club must be an NHMA Member Club and must complete the relevant section of the application form and forward the application to NHMA.

The NHMA Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Ian Stewart Award.

This year we have two worthy recipients representing South Australia and Queensland.

These two young enthusiasts are a great example of what we are trying to do, encourage more young people involved in our great hobby. For their effort they will receive a certificate and a cheque for $1,000.00 each.

In SA we have Lyam Marshall aged 14.

Lyam is a member of the Lower Murray Vintage Engine and Machinery Club from Murray Bridge SA. Lyam’s project is a Hornsby Petrol Engine.

Lyam was always interested in engines, (he didn’t have much choice) as he was taken to rallies where ever possible,  and every weekend that Nicky (his Mum) was working I had him oiling, poking, painting and tinkering around engines and water pumps etc. pretty much since he could walk.

He would also “play on” my big forklift, just lifting things he would put on the forks, then progressed to picking up a pallet, driving backward & forward,  and now at 14 he loads our engines and is a very capable driver.

The Hornsby engine he is working on was taken to Power Of The Past 6 odd years ago in hope we could get it running over the weekend. We had to do this on a 44 gallon drum on the outside of the compound as Lyam was too young to be in with running engines. Everything was looking good until we discovered a big hole in the top of the cylinder which halted progress just short of trying to start it. The engine has now been re sleeved and is awaiting enough uninterrupted time (or me to clean up the shed and benches enough) to refit everything and see if he can get a fire and get a good run out of it.

Lyam is a keen club member and team player, he helps anyone in need at rallies, setting up, lugging around, starting, maintaining and packing up engines, compounds, fencing etc. He is at his happiest covered in grease/oil/rust/petrol and any other motor related grime and takes great pride in prepping, cranking,  starting and running all types of displays.

He has a love for my Field Marshall tractor, and has been driving it ever since he was big enough to safely operate it. He has participated in a few tractor pulls and gained the respect of fellow competitors and sled operators.

He is well respected in the LMVEMC and is well recognised around other South Australian Clubs, and will be around for many years to come.

In QLD we have Daniel Ives aged 20.

This is a great honour especially to receive an award in his Grandfathers name. Daniel’s project is the restoration of a Lister Autotruck. Daniel is a member of the Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society Inc.

Undertaking this project has allowed Daniel to learn about the ins and outs of diesel engines. Before starting this restoration, he had never touched a diesel engine and had very little knowledge on their workings, but thanks to his mentor John Mathews, he was able to seek advice, diagnose and remedy any issues with the engine.

Download Daniel’s story in TOMM – Restoration of a Lister Autotruck

We now have 5 recipients over the last 3 years restoring many different types of machines.
Daniel Howarth 2020 NSW Owen Cox Mow Mobile, Jack Cox South Australia 2021 5HP Petter Junior 2 Stroke Engine and Jake Williams NSW 2021 Buzacott Farm Pumper.

We encourage you as club members to speak up in support of this award at your next meeting and encourage your younger members to get involved. Your club committee can get the paperwork from the NHMA Secretary, the NHMA web site or the NHMA Facebook page. Let’s get an application from every State and Territory for the 2022 Awards.

Ian Stewart Award Letter From State Reps

Ian Stewart Young Enthusiast Award application form