Event to com­mem­o­rate war cen­te­nary

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

With a rum­ble and a puff, Trac­mach Lights on the Hill or­gan­iser John Till­ing’s 1915 In­ter­na­tional Har­vester Ti­tan 10-20 will take to the field on Satur­day. Trac­tors like Mr Till­ing’s helped feed the al­lied troops dur­ing World War I and will join hun­dreds of other ma­chines for the fifth run­ning of the event, this year com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the end of the war.

EN­GINES that won a war in the fields and on the bat­tle front will be on dis­play at the fifth an­nual Trac­mach Lights on the Hill vin­tage ma­chin­ery day on Satur­day.

Or­gan­iser John Till­ing said the event would fea­ture nearly 1000 dis­plays of trac­tors, trucks, cars, bull­doz­ers and this year even a tank.

“We usu­ally get about 100 trac­tors, 50 or so old cars, old trucks, bull­doz­ers, sta­tion­ary mo­tors, and we also lo­cal stalls and dis­plays of crafts,” Mr Till­ing said.

These dis­plays will not just be sit­ting in the sun ei­ther, with the vin­tage ve­hi­cles be­ing put through their paces in the field.

“It’s grown a lot big­ger than any of us ever thought it would,” he said.

“We get more stuff in and try and do dif­fer­ent things that you wouldn’t see any­where else.”

This year will com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the end of World War I and the es­sen­tial role the trac­tor played.

“The trac­tor played such a huge part in the First World War, a lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise that,” he said.

“With­out the trac­tors you’d never have had the tanks, Bri­tain prob­a­bly would have starved and it just freed up so many re­sources at home to be able to throw into the war ef­fort.”

Dis­plays of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and his­to­ri­ans will also shed light on the birth of the mech­a­nised era.

“We are bring­ing up a Cen­tu­rion tank which al­though not a wartime tank is still a pretty im­pres­sive bit of gear at 53 tonnes,” Mr Till­ing said.

“The name Lights on the Hill is be­cause when you’re go­ing along the road once it gets dark you see these trac­tors and they’re plow­ing up and down the slope, flames com­ing out the ex­haust,” Mr Till­ing said.

“Come along and have a look, see how it was done in grand­dad’s day.”

Lights on the Hill will be held at Tal­bot’s Farm on Hep­ping­stone Road just south of Brunswick.

Gates open at 10am and the event will run right through un­til af­ter sun­set.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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