Col­lec­tors to rally for big week­end

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual De­niliquin Spring Rally, to be held this Sat­ur­day and Sun­day at Memo­rial Park, are ex­pect­ing their big­gest event.

De­niliquin Col­lec­tors Club’s rally co­or­di­na­tor Daryl Whate­ley said the theme for 2017 is ‘Ford and Ford­son’ to mark a spe­cial mile­stone.

‘‘Ford­son trac­tors are now 100 years old, and the Ford­son Club has cho­sen to mark the spe­cial oc­ca­sion at our rally,’’ Mr Whate­ley said.

‘‘We al­ready have 200 Ford­son trac­tors con­firmed to be com­ing for the event, so we ex­pect we may have up to 250 by the week­end.

‘‘For us long-term col­lec­tors, we’re un­likely to see a mile­stone of this mag­ni­tude again in our life­time, so it will be a very big event.’’

Mr Whate­ley said Ford­son is a na­tional club with its base in Bendigo.

While only about a dozen trac­tors in the lo­cal area are in­cluded un­der the club’s ban­ner, he said the trac­tor is ‘‘very pop­u­lar’’ in the lo­cal area.

‘‘It’s a very pop­u­lar model, and there would be a few still pump­ing along on lo­cal farms,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a good, solid old trac­tor which even­tu­ally tran­si­tioned to be known as New Hol­land.

‘‘The Ford­son was es­tab­lished in Ire­land in 1917 by Henry Ford, af­ter he lost con­trol of his car com­pany, and it tran­si­tioned to Ford when he re­gained that con­trol in about the 1960s.’’

Mr Whate­ley said a large ar­ray of Ford cars and trucks would also be show­cased at the Spring Rally, and said the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions were also in­spir­ing in­ter­est from other par­tic­i­pants.

‘‘Swap site hold­ers are com­ing out of the wood­work, and we’ll have a mas­sive dis­play of col­lecta­bles in the pav­il­ion and the Col­lec­tors Club shed.

‘‘The event will also in­clude the pop­u­lar trac­tor trek from 9am on Sat­ur­day, which will go through the CBD.

‘‘The show ‘n’ shine will be held on Sun­day, with the event wrap­ping up about lunchtime.’’

En­try to the Spring Rally is $5 per day. Gates open at 7am both days.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Mr Whate­ley on 5881 2461.

Ford­son Trac­tor Club board mem­ber Tony McEniry has brought his col­lec­tion of Ford­sons to De­niliquin for the event.

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