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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 Richardson
Audrey Turkington and Lynne Lewis. for the clubs best ploughman, and Trillian Locke for lady of the year.
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.
Mid Winter dinner and prize giving is over for 2017
Tractor pull results were for Class 1 Owen Blackbourn Ford 9N
Class 2 Les Brown Nuffield Universal
Class 3 Kevin Dreaden Farmall M
Class 4 Les Brown Leyland 465
Class 5 Kevin Dreaden Farmall BMD
Class6 4wd Ross Brown Leyland 462
The overall sled pull champion was Ross Brown
The most travelled tractor Nigel Coghlan on a Farmall M
The Ploughman for the year was Murray Jamieson.
Lady of the year that has done the most Lynette Blackbourn
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.
Mid xmas Luncheon 2017
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