Old engine builds up steam for rally
A 108-year-old steam traction engine has been undergoing a rebuild in preparation for South Canterbury’s second Horsepower Rally 2020 in October.
The 1912 Fowler traction engine has been undergoing its 10-year survey at the South Canterbury Traction Engine and Transport Museum, which has meant dismantling, repainting, recladding the boiler and replacing
a few minor parts. One of the museum custodians of the engines, Nigel Gamble, said they hoped to reassemble the Fowler within the next week.
The rally, which is the museum’s major fundraiser, will see about 15 traction engines, 100 classic trucks plus farm machinery, classic vintage cars and a rare 1908 Fowler engine on display.
Other attractions include 25 craft stalls, food caravans, off-road racing crosskarts and a demonstration by South Canterbury rally star Hayden Paddon.
Funds raised from the rally will go towards the $500,000 cost for a building to house more engines and vehicles.
The Horsepower Rally 2020, October 3-4, 9am-4.30pm, at Levels Raceway, Timaru.
Nigel Gamble with a 108-year-old steam traction engine being prepared for South Canterbury’s second Horsepower Rally.