Laang gets ready to rumble, old-style

A LIGHT show and the auction of a restored vintage tractor are among the highlights of the Laang Vintage Engine Rally over the Easter weekend.

Organised by the Warrnam-bool Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, the annual two-day event on April 19-20 raises money for South West Healthcare’s palliative care unit.

Volunteers raised $9000 last year but shooting range manager Brian Cockayne said they were hoping “for a lot more money” in 2014.

There are plenty of displays to keep people entertained with more than 60 vintage tractors, 60 stationary engines, 25 trucks and at least 40 restored cars expected to turn out.

The association will also run a free “come and try” clay target shooting activity, with participants able to try their hand at the sport under instruction from club members. No shooting licence is required.

The canteen will be run by the club with support from the community’s hall committee and other volunteers.

Mr Cockayne said a two-course roast dinner was available on Saturday night for $10 a person. A feature that evening will be a light show powered by the engines.

A Farmall A tractor, previously owned by the late Jim Spikin, has been fully restored and donated by his son Ian towards the cause.

Mr Cockayne said Mr Spikin has donated a similar tractor last year which made $4000 at auction.

“They’re quite sought-after. They’re nice little tractors to take to rallies because you can fit them on a trailer,” Mr Cockayne said.

The tractor will be auctioned on the Sunday at 3.30pm.

The rally will be held at the club’s Laang range at 153 Coulahans Road, with signs directing people in from the Princes Highway at Panmure and the Cobden-Warrnambool Road.

The rally begins at 9.30am both days and entry is by donation at the gate.

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