Vintage tractor trek draws crowd

The 1904 Fowler steam power traction engine was a popular drawcard last Sunday. Photo – Michael Jeans.

Over 100 people meandered around Victoria Square last Sunday checking out a vibrant display of vintage tractors.

The Waikato Vintage Tractor Club put on the “show and shine” display as part of the Fieldays 50th birthday celebrations, gathering at the square before parading through town, travelling out to Tamahere School for a quick stop, and then parking up at the Fieldays site at Mystery Creek.

The event showcased fifty tractors, one for each year of Fieldays, dating from the 1930s to 1960s. They included a very rare find – a single cylinder Lanz Bulldog that starts with a shotgun shell, and a 1904 Fowler steam power traction engine used to harvest grain and power threshing machines in early agricultural New Zealand.

Event organisers and members of the Waikato Vintage Tractor Club, Tim Harvey and Rodney Miles. Photo – Michael Jeans.

The tractors remained on display throughout Fieldays last week at the Heritage Village.

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