Tractor auction revs up vintage rally 

A 60-year-old restored tractor will go under the hammer at this weekend’s Laang Vintage Engine Rally.

The fully-restored 1940s McCormick Farmall Super A tractor has been donated by Warrnambool’s Ian Spikin and money raised from the auction and the gate takings will go to South West Healthcare’s palliative care unit in Warrnambool.

Organiser Brian Cockayne said the tractor had been restored by Mr Spikin’s late father Jim.

“It’s fantastic,” he said.

“It’s something that doesn’t happen every day. He’s also hinted there might be another one next year.”

Mr Cockayne said the 10th rally was the perfect family day out.

“There will be tractor pulling, four-wheel-drive pulling and plenty of old machinery.

“There is a come-and- try day for clay target shooting.

“We’ve got an old (portable) timber mill, a hay bailer from 1910 and an old motor with water pumps.

“We always get a good crowd for the tractor pulling.”

There will be a catered dinner on Saturday night and the auction will be held on Saturday at 3pm.

The rally is run by the Warrnambool branch of the Sporting Shooters Association, in conjunction with the Laang hall committee.

It will be held from 9am until late on Saturday and from 9am-3pm on Sunday.

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