Full metal majesty on show at Cobden display

ENTHUSIASTS of fine machinery will be on the road to Cobden today.

The South Western District Restoration Group is holding its annual rally this weekend.

It will be held at the Racecourse Park Rally Ground in Cobden, with the action starting today and continuing tomorrow.

It is the fourth time the rally has been held in Cobden, with the previous 25 held in Camperdown.

South Western District Restoration Group president Brian Cockayne said the long history of the rally showed its popularity.

“It is always a great event and we are really established here at our own facility in Cobden,” Mr Cockayne said.

“We have our clubrooms set up and sheds, so we have a really good venue in place which has helped add extra interest to the event.”

Last year the rally attracted 50 restored cars, 40 tractors and 70 vintage engines.

Mr Cockayne expects a similar rollout this weekend, as well as some motorcycles and heavy vehicles.

The rally attracts people from as far afield as Melbourne, Echuca and Port MacDonnell, as well as keen interest from across the south-west.

While the display of restored machinery will be the highlight of the weekend, the rally will also have other things on its agenda.

At 10am today an auction will be held, with goods of all sorts put up for bids from the crowd.

There will be stalls, a tractor pull, shearing displays, a reptile show and children’s activities happening over the weekend.

And tonight a two-course dinner will be offered in the clubrooms. 

“There will be plenty of great stuff to see and it is also a really good place for people to catch up,” Mr Cockayne said.

“For our South Western District Restoration Group this is our showpiece event of the year and we think it is a pretty good weekend we put on.”

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