VISITORS to this year’s Laang Vintage Engine Rally won’t only get the chance to see about 100 beautifully restored vintage machines — they’ll also get the chance to own one.
A restored 1940s McCormick Farmall Super A tractor donated by Ian Spikin of Warrnambool will be auctioned at the rally, to be held at the Laang Gun Club on April 20-21.
Mr Spikin said the tractor had been restored by his late father Jim who was a collector of vintage tractors and trucks.
He said he was prompted to donate the tractor to the rally because it raised money for South West Healthcare’s palliative care unit in Warrnambool, which had cared for his father before his death.
Mr Spikin said he hoped the auction would allow someone else to enjoy the tractor.
Farmall Super A tractors were built in the United States from 1947 to 1954.
The one to be auctioned at 3pm on the Sunday of the rally is in excellent condition and has new tyres, paintwork and decals.
The rally is run by the Warrnambool branch of the Sporting Shooters Association in conjunction with the Laang hall committee. About 100 vintage tractors, trucks, cars, bikes and stationary engines will be on display.
A tractor pull will be held both days and working displays of many of the vintage machines will be doing what they were built for, such as timber milling and hay baling, at the club’s range on Coulahans Road, off the Cobden-Warrnambool Road, at Naringal East.
Up to 80 people camp at the powered site overnight and the Laang hall committee will provide a dinner on Saturday night for exhibitors and members of the public.