Old en­gine builds up steam for rally

The Timaru Herald - - News -

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.

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