Restored workhorses shine again

HUNDREDS of people flocked to the biggest ever South Western District Restoration Group annual rally at Cobden on the weekend. 

Group president Brian Cockayne said the rally at the Cobden racecourse park was a great success despite weekend showers.

New attractions including a steam traction engine, antique bike collection and a grand parade proved popular as well as regular favourites of stationary engines, a vintage tractor pull and displays of vintage cars and tractors.

“There were heaps of people even though it was a bit weathery,” Mr Cockayne said.

“It was a great turnout, our biggest crowd ever. The steam tractor and tractor pull were very popular and we had a really good turnout for the auction.”

Mr Cockayne said donated old engines, farm equipment and cars were auctioned, raising about $4000 which would go towards a new toilet block.

“It’s all growing. We had 70 to 80 tractors, at least 40 to 50 vintage cars, 30 vintage trucks and 80 old engines as well as a shearing demonstration today and yesterday,” he said.

“We’ve held the annual rally here in Cobden for four years and it’s been really good. The club started at Bookaar 30 years ago and then the Corangamite Shire gave us some land at the racecourse and there’s now 10 sheds here. 

“It’s a mini museum and this is the big weekend for us. We also have another big show on the third weekend in October. We’d just like to thank all our sponsors and all the people who have helped out.”

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