Edendale ready to get cranking

Steampunkers from Dunedin, Edendale and Invercargill, with a Rogers K92 locomotive at last year's Crank Up in Edendale. Photo: Janette Gellatly

THE 32nd Crank Up weekend will kick off with the street parade through Edendale on Friday, January 25, starting from Ferry Rd at 7pm, and ending at the Edendale Recreation Grounds, followed by two days with hundreds of vehicles and machinery on display.

Hosted by the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club, the annual Crank Up attracts thousands of visitors from throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Crank Up convener Ken Bell said the weekend was the “highlight event” for the club and used to raise its profile and promote the preservation of local heritage.

“It is also a time for the public and club members to get-together to learn and share information, for exhibitors and sponsors to showcase their wares, and for our club to enjoy,” he said.

There will be plenty of vehicle parking on-site, which will be clearly signposted. However, due to the realignment of State Highway 1 around Edendale, which will cut into some of the events’ previous parking area, parking had been reorganised, Mr Bell said.

The special guest for this year’s celebrations will be motoring journalist and writer for NZ Today magazine Allan Dick, and the main machinery will be David Brown, Landrover and Citroen. Family-focused, the weekend had a rural feel, with all-day entertainment for all ages.

As well as a grand parade, various other entertainment included a military re-enactment, dog agility displays, vintage shearing, country music, lawnmower racing, marching, pipe bands, steam and stationary engine displays and helicopter rides.

  • The 32nd Crank Up, January 26 and 27, from 10am, Edendale Recreation Grounds, $20 for adults, children under-16 free. Please note: No dogs allowed on grounds. See www.edendalevmc.com

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