Police officer ... The police tractor made an appearance at Edendale Crank Up this year and was a huge among the crowd. Hugh Mulholland (6), of Invercargill, wears a police hat and vest after enjoying time in the tractor. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

Edendale Vintage Machinery president Ken Bell was delighted after more than 6500 people attended the 32nd Crank Up event at the weekend.

The numbers were on par with last year’s event but Mr Bell said the organisers were extremely happy with how the weekend went.

“It went really, really well. We had great numbers both days for it and the weather forecast was good for us,” Mr Bell said.

The change in the position of the car park at this year’s event paid dividends, he said.

“Changing the ground plan and the layout of everything at this event worked really well for us.”

The event featured 80 years of David Brown tractors and machinery, 70 years of Land Rovers and a century of Citroen cars.

“There was a great turnout of all of them, especially Land Rovers. It was fantastic.”

Mr Bell relished the opportunity to hear the stories behind the fascinating pieces of machinery and vehicles at the event.

“Every item has a story. All of them have some value and sentiments to them for the owner; I love hearing the stories that go with all of them,” he said.

Machinery and vehicle enthusiasts came out in force to view what Crank Up had on offer.

Couple 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).

believe that is important to show them what we like.

My husband’s family have trucks and the kids love this kind of event,” Ms Hayes said.

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.

At the traction engine site, another couple, Lucy and Nathan Scurr, were taking care of their “baby” – a 1904 Burrell model owned by Hokonui Pioneer Village.

The couple drove from Invercargill to Edendale with the machinery.

“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 was dressed up in his great-uncle Willie Fox’s military uniform.

“I am using the same military cloth that he was using in this picture from 1901.

Mr Bell said special guest motoring journalist Allan Dick loved attending the event.

“He’s been before but never as a guest; he loved it. We gave him a great weekend,” Mr Bell said.

Next year the event would feature European tractors pre-1980 and Japanese cars pre-1990.


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