Aylesbury to host vintage machines

by Kent Caddick

Aylesbury in Selwyn is set to play host to the New Zealand Vintage Machinery Club’s 20th anniversary meeting next month.

The club, which is based at McLean’s Island near Christchurch, has previously held meetings in the Kirwee, with displays of vintage machinery in 2002 and 2004.

Event coordinator Rae Horn says they are expecting a big crowd for the meeting, with visitors from the United States and Australia making the trip.

“We have a large membership of 500 members spread throughout New Zealand and many more who live overseas,” Mrs Horn said.

“This event is to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, and so will be a huge display of all things vintage, from the huge steam engines, tractors and trucks, to the smallest spanner.

“Many hours have gone into restoring old heaps of rust into showroom condition machines, this work and skill is to be admired.”

She said vintage tractors and horse teams will be taking part in ploughing competitions to be held alongside the displays.

Mrs Horn said they would love to hear from anyone in Selwyn who might have something they would like to display.

“This event is not just for club members, and anyone who has treasures and would like to bring them along and display them is very welcome.”

The event will be held on the Brookers farm on Highfield Road in Aylesbury from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25.