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Sydney Antique Machinery Club member Russell Gear, who gives rides on his scale model traction engine.
Sydney Antique Machinery Club member Russell Gear, who gives rides on his scale model traction engine.

The Clarendon Classic Truck Machinery and Hobby Show will take over Hawkesbury Showground at Clarendon this weekend, September 16 and 17.

Hosted by the Sydney Antique Machinery Club Inc. it will run from 8am to 4om on Saturday, and 8am to 3pm on Sunday.

Entry for the whole day is just $10 for adults and $5 for children.

As always, the show will serve as the base to see all manner of running engines, tractors and a large range of models and hobby items.

There is heaps to see and hear, with chainsaw displays, the tractor pull demonstrations and steam engine-powered saw-milling.

“It's become a great family weekend, run by over 100 volunteers, and over 600 collectors coming to show everyone some of their engines, tractors, and vehicles,” said event organiser Steve Muscat.

“Lachlan Valley Railways will be bringing their Tin Hare rail Motors and tickets to ride on these are available on their website, with the link on our club's rally page

“The show incorporates the now annual Kenworth Klassic Truck Show, and there is usually more than 350 trucks on show. The things the public can see running this weekend range from little model trains in the pavilion, to steam engine and tractors, right up to 'Tiny', the 106 litre straight 8 turbo charged Blackstone diesel.”

This year marks 25 years of the Sydney Antique Machinery Club Inc.

Many members are farmers, truck drivers, business owners and tradespeople.

The club is not just for ‘old men’. There is a junior committee attached, which aims to foster in young people the skills and interest in saving and restoring old machines.

One youngster who has developed a passion for engine grease is 15-year-old Freemans Reach lad Joshua Vella.

Joshua is not only an enthusiast of the Fordson tractor, but he’s passionate about the club, so much so, that he is president of the junior committee.

Not surprising, Joshua takes after his dad, Austin, who is a full time diesel mechanic and part time farmer.

“Fordson Major tractors are my favourite, and the E27N model from around 1952 is one of the tractors I got a few years ago, and got running again for the Clarendon Classic,” said Joshua.

“Every year the rally has hundreds of engines, tractors, and trucks on show, and they have themes each year. As it is 100th year of Fordson tractors, that is one of this year's themes. I'm taking some of my Fordsons to the rally this year.”

Vintage buses will be running between Richmond Station and the showground throughout the weekend.

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