En­gines En­gines

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

At 241 Red­lands Road Corowa, the home of Corowa His­toric Ve­hi­cle & Ma­chin­ery Club, there will be plenty to see with vin­tage sta­tion­ary en­gines and ve­hi­cles, re­bar­relling a Fur­phy tank on Sun­day at 10.00am and of course, Satur­day’s vin­tage trac­tor road run around town between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

“We’re ex­pect­ing to have lots of en­gines from peo­ple all around the district,” club pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer David Wil­liams told The Free Press. “The high­light will be re­bar­relling the Fur­phy.

“We’re hop­ing the youth of the day come and have a look. They can gain so much me­chan­i­cal knowl­edge.”

The old­est en­gine housed at Corowa His­toric Ve­hi­cle & Ma­chin­ery Club is a 1906 por­ta­ble Hornsby, re­stored by club mem­bers. It has 6 and 1/2 horse­power, and was do­nated by the Corowa Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum via the Wil­lis fam­ily of Ball­dale.

There’s a 1949 Com­mer truck do­nated by the Han­ra­han fam­ily from Days­dale. It has been mar­vel­lously and fully re­stored, mainly by Ian Bowkett.

The club has about 95 mem­bers and has a good rep­u­ta­tion for fix­ing up ma­chin­ery, in­clud­ing the en­gine for a trac­tor used for Wah­gun­yah’s Wil­low Recre­ational Ground. “It’s a ser­vice to the Wah­gun­yah com­mu­nity,” mem­bers say.

There will be three level load­ing ramps this week­end and lift­ing fa­cil­i­ties will be avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Bill Pet­zke (02 6033 0318) or Lyn Plant 02 6024 7021).

A Win­ter Fun Week­end with the theme ‘En­gines En­gines’ will take place this Satur­day, June 2 from 10.00am and con­tin­u­ing Sun­day, from 10.00am un­til 2.00pm. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Club mem­bers, from left, Ed Farmer, David Wil­liams, Ern We­myss, Ross Bar­ber, Garry Chris­tensen and Ian Bowkett are hop­ing for a good crowd over the week­end, in­clud­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion.

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