Making tracks

Lucy and Nathan Scurr with their "baby" - a 1904 Burrell traction engine owned by Hokonui Pioneer Village.

IT was a festival of machinery like no other as generations converged on Edendale for the 2019 Crank Up to see a host of tractors, traction engines, cars on display last weekend.

Enthusiasts celebrated New Zealand’s rural heritage with machinery from yesteryear to that which was more than a century old.

Lauren Hayes and Jason McCallum grew up on farms surrounded by trucks and animals. They were delighted to be able to share the experience with their sons Flynn (7) and Lachie (4).

“We are a rural family and believe that is important to show them what we like. My husband’s family have trucks and the kids love this kind of event.”

Lachie was excited to see the tractors. “When I grow up, I will have one like this,” Lachie said, pointing to a David Brown tractor on display.

Last weekend’s show was the 32nd time it had been held, hosted by the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club.

At the display for traction engines, Lucy and Nathan Scurr were taking care of their “baby” – a 1904 Burrell model owned by the Hokonui Pioneer Village. “In a car it usually takes 30 minutes, but it took us three hours and a-half as the engine runs at 10kmh.”

At the military site, Owen Bennett was reconnecting with his past. He was dressed up in his great-uncle Willie Fox’s army uniform. “I am using the same military cloth that he was using in this picture from 1901. It is a honour for me.”

Edendale Vintage Machinery Club president Ken Bell said this year’s event exceeded expectations. He was delighted with the number of women and children who came along.

“This shows us how important it is to share our passion with the community.”

Crank Up also featured George Begg’s racing cars, several parades and tractor dancing.

It kicked off with a parade through Edendale on Friday evening and continued on Saturday and Sunday.

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