Restored engines a blast from past
THE revving of engines might have scared young Logan Zahn, but it delighted most of the crowd at the Power from the Past antique machinery rally at Bullyard on Saturday.
“The old engines make different noises to the new ones – they're a lot louder, so I think he was a bit frightened,” Logan's dad Kerry Zahn said.
“There was an old Fordson Dexter tractor that had been done up and you don't see too many of them around.”
Bill Gorrey travelled from Hervey Bay to display his pride and joy, a 2.5 horsepower Wing engine from 1942.
“I'm a collector of old engines and I found it in a garage at a moving sale,” he said.
“There was a lot of machinery that I hadn't seen before; it was a very good display.”
Bundaberg man Lance Maskell brought along a 1913 Crossley Brothers 3.25 horsepower paraffin engine that he spent six months fixing up.
He won the “best restored engine” competition – his second prize in two years – after he won the same category with a different engine last year.
“It was great to see a lot of unusual vintage machinery,” Mr Maskell said. “There was a good range of tractor pulls, it was a cracker day.”
He said the event was a regular fixture on his calendar.
“It's good to support local shows,” he said. “The (Kolan River Historic Vehicle and Tractor) Club put in a lot of work behind the scenes for it, and there was a fantastic historical display as well.”