President’s Report – March 2019

Did you visit the National Heritage Machinery Rally at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge over the weekend of 22nd,23rd and 24th March?

There were a huge number of exhibits and working displays, a tractor pull competition, paddle steamer rides on the Oscar W and Marion, as well as many interesting people manning the exhibits. These exhibitors travelled from all over Australia with their equipment on tow.

Whether it was a collection of bicycles, milk separators, carpentry tools, stationary engines, tractors, trucks or cars, it was there for all to see either as a static or working display. Even more interesting than the exhibits were the characters who owned them.

They are all extremely dedicated to their hobby. Some of them have been collecting and restoring for more years than they can remember. Their knowledge of the history and the mechanics of their machines was amazing.

On Friday there were groups of school children visiting the Rally. They had never seen a rabbit trap and did not know how it worked! They saw machines that were not operated by screens or computers, but which worked mechanically and did the tasks they were designed to do. It was an education. Not only to the school children, but to many others.

On site exhibitors quoted that “the Sturt Reserve site is the best location in Australia to hold the bi-annual Rally-a lawned area (no dust) and adjacent to the river with working paddle steamers.”

Yes, we do have a huge potential to utilize our riverfront precinct for similar events.

My Rotary Club (Mobilong) had a very successful 3 days catering at the Rally with their BBQ and donut van. We had a huge amount of support from many volunteers including members of our Car Club. Twelve of our members helped on various 3 hour shifts at the Rally. Their help was invaluable in making our overall efforts successful. Thank you sincerely for your help.

We are all aware that our club year has extended to June 30th instead of April. As a club, we had planned our year up to April 2019.

Therefore we are seeking ideas for our Club runs/activities in May and June. If you have any suggestions please talk to our run co-ordinator, Jan Hall or one of the Committee and we’ll make it happen.

Claude Minge

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