THE annual Portland Bay Vintage Machinery Rally, with almost 50 dipslays, drew a large number of visitors last week, including many from Hamilton.
Held beside the Portland Cable Tram Museum, organiser Bob Breen said entries were well up on the usual 35 displays with the extra machinery helping boost crowd numbers.
“We also gave out three awards, which is something new we tried this year,” Mr Breen said.
Bob Ferrier, from Coleraine, took the prize for most orginal tractor and attachment with a small Allis-Chalmers tractor and plough; Noel Gellert from Ararat won best fully-restored engine with a Wolseley stationary engine, used to power other mechanisms; and an old Mitchell and Co hay press from Heywood, owned by the Carter brothers and presented by Ron on behalf of Syd, received the award for most reliable machine, by operating the full weekend with no trouble.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.