Tractors in the blood

By Country News

Enthusiasm was high at the Goulburn Valley Vintage Tractor and Farm Machinery Club’s 36th Annual Rally in Wunghnu, despite the wet weather.

Dozens of vintage tractors and machinery were on display at Wunghnu Recreation Reserve to give visitors a taste of farming days gone by.

With tractor pulling, stationary-engine displays, vintage cars and a tractor trek held across the weekend, president Lloyd Healey said the event was a hit each year with many farmers around the area.

‘‘We’re silly old buggers who like collecting things and getting together and catching up with people once a year at these sorts of events ... it’s just something that’s in our blood,’’ Mr Healey said.

About 40 tractors of all makes and models were on display at the rally, with Mr Healey saying Sunday was always the busiest day for visitors, with the tractor pull attracting large crowds.

‘‘For the tractor pull, we’ve got two sleds out there and as you’re moving the weight pulls up on the back of the tractor and the more weight that gets up, the harder it is to pull, it just tests the tractors,’’ he said.

Retired Euroa farmer John McGregor had three tractors on display at the rally.

A member of the Goulburn Valley Vintage Tractor and Farm Machinery Club for a few years, Mr McGregor said the annual rally was always a hit with families across the town.

‘‘It’s a great experience, I collect old tractors and I just like sharing them with people,’’ Mr McGregor said.