Bay of Plenty & Lakes Tractor Trek 13th to 20th March 2017

Owen B          Fordson and Poptop

Graham H      IH 476   and  Pop top

Elwyn C          Ford 3600

Barry B           IH 706   and Dog box

Nigel C           Farmall M   with tent

Andrew C      Toyota Hilux  With Tent.

                                                                                                  Lunch at the locked gate.                                           Lunch at Lake Rotma

The first meeting point was just after Island Block Rd at a car park.This was under water so morning tea

was on the road side. We made our way to Opal Hot Springs /Holiday park Matamata via Morrinsville

Barry had a little accident when a car ran into his dog box at a roundabout.

The next day was to see if Leslie rd near Putaruru  was open, but after traveling up it for 45mins, we came up to a locked gate. We had lunch there and turned back. This was going to be our main access to the Bay of Plenty area.This was a long day having to back to Putaruru and then to Tokoroa and up some main roads.

We then cut in some back roads where pine forests have been removed and turned into dairy farms.

We stopped and ask a local to find the way to Mamaku.The trek past all the new farms with new houses and cow sheds was interesting.

We made our way to Ngongotaha at lake side of Willowhaven Holiday Pack. The combination lock on the toilets was a bit of a challenge for some of as old fellas. (Great spot)

Next day arrived at Awakeri Hot springs Holiday park. Had a few beers, talked rubbish and cooked tea.

The next day Barry arranged a visit to Jim Richardson's at Edgecumbe, Another sunny day and a excellent fish and chip lunch while discussing various issues with Jim. Thanks Jim for welcolming  us and telling us about his collection.                           WillowHaven Holiday Park                                                                          One of Jim Richardson"s shed


John Couch arrived with his nice Stewart Truck at Jim's and spent a bit time with us.

The next day Barry arranged a visit to Barry Caulfield's collection of his trucks and his history. We also had a look at his new venture of milking goats and the new facility.  The return trip around various lakes in the south Waikato and camped over night at Lake Rerewhakaaitu. At Atiamuri Barry's tractor was losing coolant and smoking.

When we got to Mangakino it was not sounding to good also. A solid hitch was hooked up and towed to Te Awamutu Roadrunner Motel and Holiday Park. The next day the IH 706 was towed to Ngaruawahia Yard.

Back to Waingaro hot springs for Beer tea and swim.

All arrived home next day .Very good whether and good company. All had a good time.

                             Barry Caulfield Pacific Truck                                                             John Couch  Stewart Truck                                                                             Barry at Jim Richar​dson

Had a great time at Ambury Park 2017 when the rain stopped. Plenty of mud and  the townie's loved it.

Hope we are invited back next time.   We messed up the paddocks a bit.

                       A special thanks to these ladies for helping out for the year.                           The Trophys for the year are from left Don Mackereth for man of the year,
                                             From left are Trillian Locke,  Jan Wymer, Lyn Blackbourn,  ​​​​                              Graham Haddock for the most travelled tractor, Murray Jameson

                                                Audrey Turkington and Lynne Lewis.                                                                  for the clubs best ploughman, and Trillian Locke for lady of the year.




Steam & Vintage Country Festival  on  Feb 25th-26th 2017 was another Successful event.

Glenbook Vintage railway celebrated their 40th year and Franklin Vintage Machinery celebrated there 30th.

Thanks to our club members for bringing along their machinery for display and helping out for the two days

Thanks also to VERA for their excellent display. A big thanks to the Wymer family for the use of their property and all the help they gave. The weather was fine and was and excellent two days.

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