Massey Harris tractors the centrepiece for biggest rally on record

The Manilla Vintage Machinery Rally had one of the best roll-ups in the history of the event over the weekend, with the enthusiasts equally matched by the range of machines.

Manilla Machinery Group secretary Margaret Hurle said Saturday’s opening parade was by far the biggest they have ever seen, and laid the perfect platform for the weekend, despite the weather.

“There was at least 50 tractors and 80 other machines – it was two lengths of the main street," she said.

“It has been an absolutely fantastic weekend.” 

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The feature of the rally was the centenary of production of Massey Harris tractors, and collectors came from all over the state to both showcase their own collections, as well as take a look at others.

As well as the tractors, cars and bikes, there was also plenty of other “interesting machines”, including a belt driven coloured rope braider, as well as some big pumps and antique engines.

There was also a large area set aside for a well attended swap meet, while a new addition this year was camel rides and other entertainment for the kids.

“The Manilla Showground is the perfect venue for events like this,” Mrs Hurle said.

“The unique viaduct is the perfect setting, which is why we are very keen to keep it.

“We have already had plenty of people telling us that they will be back next year, which is always good to hear.” 

The weekend also raised plenty of money for the Westpac Rescue Chopper, as well as Westmead Children’s Hospital and the local Born to Read organisation.