Vintage Machinery Expo 2017


Vintage machinery expo 2017 Vintage machinery expo 2017
Vintage machinery expo 2017 Vintage machinery expo 2017
Vintage machinery expo 2017 Vintage machinery expo 2017

The Vintage Machinery Expo is on the 25 and 26 March 2017. Hosted by the Hawke's Bay Vintage Machinery Club

The paddock at Junction Wines, State Highway 2, Takapau where the event will be held, might be empty now, but event organiser Neil Harrington told DOW they’ve got a huge weekend planned and visitors from all around the country are expected to pour in.

"This excellent site is the same venue as our first expo in 2013, and we are delighted that owners John and Jo Ashworth have allowed us the use of their land once again," he says.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘New and Old’. In keeping with this, there will be the latest equipment from some leading brands, such as Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Kubota, Claas, Case IH, and New Holland, alongside a wide variety of vintage displays.

"There’ll be a huge collection of stationery engines, more than 80 vintage and classic trucks, bulldozers, traction engines, and an earthmoving display with a working drag line. We have a runway set up in an adjacent paddock for helicopter rides and a de Havilland Beaver aeroplane, which will carry out fertiliser spreading displays," Neil says.

This weekend caters for the whole family too.

For children, there’s a petting zoo, merry-go-round, circus with performing ponies and dogs, rides on a cart pulled by Clydesdale horses, vintage tractors, and vintage fire engines.

For women who might not be as keen on machinery as men, there’s a variety of food stalls with local Hawke’s Bay produce and Junction Wines tasting, and a boutique style marketplace, "so the blokes get some respite and won’t be dragged away too quickly," Neil says.

Other highlights will be a display of horse-drawn Military WW1 equipment by Malcolm Baker, a team of Clydesdales demonstrating old-style ploughing, and a Dannevirke enthusiast’s movie collection of vintage earthmoving machinery.

To ensure everyone is well cared for in the event of an emergency, the organisers have expert help at the ready. On-site will be a first-aid centre and registered nurse, the Tamatea Volunteer Fire Brigade as well as toilets and plenty of water. A portion of the funds from the expo will be donated to different charities.

"The previous expo enabled the Norsewood Volunteer Fire brigade to purchase a defibrillator. We also donated to the local Boy Scouts, Norsewood Lions, Takapau Lions, and the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter. This time, we plan to donate to the SPCA, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Cranford Hospice, and the Rescue Helicopter," Neil says.

The Vintage Machinery Expo is on 25 and 26 March 2017 at the corner of SH2 and Byrne Road, Takapau, about 25km south of Waipukurau.  For more information, contact Alyson Pask, event secretary by dropping an email at alyson@pask.co.nz or visit hbvintagemachinery.org.nz.

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