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Cancer Assistance Fund Raising Rally and Tractor Trek

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2016

Following on from last years successful Farmall 75th celebrations the members of the Central Victorian Restoration Group and the Veteran Vintage Classic Club Bendigo are again organising another weekend of vehicles and machinery display and a tractor trek.

Organiser Neil Athorn said that we are looking for a display of tractors and machinery powered by two stroke engines. That opens up a wide range from small mower engines to large tractors.

Plus we would like to have a display of pre 1965 machinery used behind tractors either as drag behind or 3 point linkage equipment. We are not sure if this has been done be fore but we have a lot of room on the trotting track for these items to be on display all weekend, Unfortunately no room to use them so just a static display.

The tractor trek last year was well supported and we will hold another on the Saturday of the rally commencing at 10:00am. We will make it to an interesting collection or landmark close to Bendigo to go and visit.

There will be compounds constructed for stationary engines to be displayed and run. There will be adequate room for 25 years plus vehicles to be displayed as well.

At the rally grounds also will be the Home Maker Expo over the weekend and the Country Market on Sunday.

Again a gold coin donation please to the machinery event display and that will be collected by the members of Dragon Abreast Ladies with breast cancer organisation. The members of the CVRG and VVCC all donate their time and pay for the arrangements for the event so every coin collected goes to the ladies.

The event will again be held at the Prince of Wales Show grounds Holmes road Bendigo.

Some onsite camping is available and there is a loading ramp.

Enquiries to:

Neil Athorn

E: [email protected]

Ph: 0408033839

                  3 point linkage plough.                                                             Victor lawn Mower.  

                  Lanz Bulldog Tractor                                             McDonald Stationary Engine

Cancer Assistance Fund Raising Rally on the Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2016.

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Penny Hudson Day.

By Alan Hosie.

Well I have to admit I was surprised when my youngest daughter Tracey arrived at my house with the latest addition to our 'Dad and Daughter Motorcycle Club'. I was told she had managed to get a rare belt drive veteran motorcycle and apparently the few rusty bits of metal in front of me was a 1914 New Hudson Motorcycle.

I knew parts would be almost impossible to fin, but I was confident when Tracey told me our friend John Bennett from Kinglake would help us make what we needed. John is amazingly talented man who as an engineer can make anything!

I set up the Molasses bath to remove the years of rust from the frame and the one wheel we had. Tracey was lucky enough to find a couple of pictures of a 1914 New Hudson on the internet so at least we now had a vision  of what we hoped to achieve.

Every couple of weeks, Tracey would pack her little car with bits and pieces and head to John's workshop. Hours were spent manufacturing pieces on the lathe, welding and grinding. I looked forward to her return and hearing of the progress and frustration when things weren't going to plan. Due to illness, I was only able to go to the workshop on a couple of occasions, but I was always kept involved in the project, even if it was to buy more bits and pieces from the metal shop... with my wallet.

Tracey's partner Bruce, who was building a penny farthing at John's, had become involved in the restoration of the New Hudson. He hunted swap meets looking for parts and one day I was delighted when he found us an old leather seat. It was perfect !

Our little New Hudson was becoming a real family project. My wife Lou made us a canvas tool roll to hold the tools we found on e bay. She did a great job ! Tracey and I decided to keep the New Hudson out of sight from the rest of the family. We were so pleased with the progress, we wanted to have an official launch.

Bruce who was progressing well with his penny farthing love the idea of an official launch and gladly accepted our offer to have a joint launch of both projects, so plans for ' Penny Hudson Day' began.

The day arrived and the sun was shining, it was a wonderful day and family and friends gathered for a BBQ lunch. We were delighted to introduce John Bennett to everyone as our guest. It brought a tear to my eye when the New Hudson was unveiled. there stood a beautiful littlie motorcycle. You couldn't help but be impressed.

Bruce was proud as punch to show off his penny farthing and stunned everyone when he rode it up and down the street. most of the family joined him for a ride, but I'm afraid my dare-devil days are long gone.

We had most of our motorcycle's on display. We all enjoyed joy rides in the sidecar, John's three wheeled Morgan style hand built car and live folk music played in the garden by family. I loved it, had a ball.

I'm such a lucky man to have a family that enjoyed my passion for restoring vehicles. I looked forwards to the completion of our next project, a 1930 Radco motorcycle, and yes, I'm off to the metal shop again, with my wallet.