Annual vintage machinery day returns

By Country News

A collection of vintage harvesting machinery will be on display later in January at Quambatook, along with vintage tractors, cars, stationary engines and a number of trucks.

The Quambatook Harvest Days receives entries from across Victoria and trophies are awarded in a number of categories, such as best restored tractor.

Quambatook Heritage Working Machinery Association press secretary Ian Fisher said club members always brought something unique to the event.

“Each year the displayed items are bolstered by entries from individuals and clubs from around the state and our club is especially thankful for the support from the Nhill A&P Society Vintage Club,” Mr Fisher said.

A highlight will be a display of the John Deere 215 self-propelled Windrower with a 12-foot front, believed to be built in 1961.

The machine was originally powered by a John Deere four-cylinder engine, but Gordon Mills from Longerenong replaced it with a 217 cubic inch six-cylinder engine, from a John Deere 55 header.

“Most people wouldn’t notice the difference and it fitted straight on,” he said.

Mr Mills said there was a technique to driving the three-wheeled machine.

“It’s got steering levers like a crawler tractor and also a steering wheel for minor corrections but when you want to turn at the end of a row, you have to use the levers."

The Quambatook Heritage Working Machinery Association will host its annual harvest working days on the Australia Day weekend from Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26.

A vintage tractor pull will take place on the Saturday afternoon and gates open at 11 am.

The event is fully catered by club members with a barbecue, as well as morning and afternoon tea.

It will be held at the Quambatook Tractor Pull Complex on the corner of Charlton and Meering Rds.

To enter in the event or for further information, phone Ian Fisher on 0427 571 381.