The Syd­ney An­tique Machin­ery Club

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

The Syd­ney An­tique Machin­ery Club is one of Aus­tralia’s largest an­tique machin­ery clubs whose mem­bers are pas­sion­ate about the preser­va­tion and dis­play of Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­tural and in­dus­trial her­itage, rang­ing from col­lecta­bles to vin­tage ve­hi­cles, trac­tors and en­gines.

Each year it con­ducts the “Claren­don Clas­sic” ®, on the third week­end in Septem­ber, this year be­ing 15th and 16th, at the Hawkesbury Show­ground, Claren­don. This event draws ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors not only from its lo­cal mem­ber­ship, but also from many parts of NSW and in­ter­state. It is the premier his­toric machin­ery show on the cal­en­dar and one of the largest her­itage dis­plays of its type in the coun­try.

Vis­i­tors will be treated to dis­plays of steam en­gines, machin­ery of all kinds, vin­tage cars and trucks, trac­tors (in­clud­ing a trac­tor pull - al­ways a crowd puller) wooden boats, mo­tor­cy­cles, speed cars, mod­els and hob­bies – the list goes on. A dis­play of up to 300 Ken­worth trucks is a fea­ture, both work­ing and his­toric. Ven­dor stalls of­fer ev­ery­thing from tools to old en­gines, plenty of food ven­dors, and free amuse­ments for chil­dren. The Ladies’ stall of­fers a huge range of bric-a-brac, and the ju­niors’ stall of­fers Slushies.

There is am­ple free park­ing within the show­ground, or vis­i­tors can ar­rive by train just a short walk from the en­try gate. En­try is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for chil­dren or $25.00 per fam­ily (EFTPOS avail­able at the gates). An ATM will be op­er­at­ing on site. For those who park in the show­ground, there are trac­tor-pulled shut­tle ride trail­ers of­fer­ing trans­port, or just a joy ride. Dou­ble-decker buses link to Rich­mond sta­tion for rides on the steam trains op­er­at­ing both days (must pre-book).

The mayor of Hawkesbury City Coun­cil will of­fi­cially open the show at Noon Satur­day. A pro­gramme and site map is pro­vided to vis­i­tors upon en­try, and in­cludes en­gine star­tups, trac­tor pull, and grand pa­rade of trac­tors. The club of­fers a range of sou­venir mer­chan­dise such as hats, key rings, badges and mugs.

Join us for this once-ayear spec­ta­cle and a great fam­ily day out! For more in­for­ma­tion visit our web­site www.syd­neyan­tiquema­chin­eryclub.com/ or on Face­book.

Aerial view of the 2017 “Claren­don Clas­sic”

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