NZ4WD - - CONTENTS - Pho­tos by Richard Dim­mock.

The Eden­dale Vin­tage Ma­chin­ery Club’s an­nual Crank Up event con­tin­ues to draw the crowds, thou­sands mak­ing the pil­grim­age to the iconic South­land event over the Jan­uary 27-28 week­end. His­tory – lit­er­ally – comes to life at the Crank Up, now in its 31st year. Not that there is any­thing high brow about what has to be one of the best re­gional events ( or rather, best kept se­crets) in this coun­try. Rather, i t is his­tory writ small, and proudly col­lo­quial, with the fo­cus unashamedly on the ma­chines and ma­chin­ery that helped make New Zealand great.

The trac­tion en­gines on which the Crank Up event was orig­i­nally based, still play a key part. But now the cel­e­bra­tion of all things me­chan­i­cal in­cludes ev­ery­thing from sta­tion­ary en­gines to trac­tors, trucks and yes even ( rac­ing) lawn mow­ers. This year the fea­tured brands were John Deere and Ford­son trac­tors and Chrysler cars. And in keep­ing with re­cent trends, a ‘celebrity guest’ ( ex rugby and league player and for­mer TV per­son­al­ity Marc El­lis) was flown in from ‘up north’ to act as MC. Iron­i­cally, the south’s stun­ningly hot, dry sum­mer proved a bit of a mixed bless­ing this year, a to­tal fire ban prompt­ing the or­gan­is­ers ( and cus­to­di­ans of the many steam-pow­ered trac­tion en­gines) to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions. As Eden­dale Vin­tage Ma­chin­ery Club pres­i­dent Ken Bell told The South­land Times the day af­ter this year’s event; “With vin­tage ma­chin­ery and steam en­gines, or just any ma­chin­ery re­ally, we have to re­ally re­spect that fire haz­ard.”

Trac­tion En­gine tours of Crank Up site al­ways pop­u­lar.

Ford­son one of two fea­tured Trac­tor brands this year.

Massey Fer­gu­sons were ob­vi­ously a pop­u­lar trac­tor on South­land farms back in the day.

…and blade shear­ing.

These in­cluded thresh­ing and bag­ging oats.

Steel wheel Ford­son dates back to 1925!

Mar­ques came in all shapes and sizes, like this 1947 Ford 2N.

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