Strong support for this event resulted in a donation being made to Mahurangi Fire Service of $1500.00 and to the Snells Beach School of $200.00.
Thank-you to all who participated, (from Dave Parker, anniversary co-ordinator)
Dragster tractors and a tractor pull were among highlights at a Tractorama on Sunday 17th November 2013.
More than 70 tractors of varying vintage were watched by nearly 1000 people at Snells Beach, the event part of Warkworth’s 160th anniversary celebrations.
Most of the tractors are used for boat hauling, described by some as “working museums”. More than 30 came in convoy from Algies Bay.
Brett Howlett of Algies Bay was the overall Tractorama winner, his beautifully restored 1950 Allis Chalmers “B” tractor voted best by the public. He received a kauri plaque with the Tractorama’s cartoon tractor logo lasered into the wood.
Former Snells Beach man Bill Hohepa recorded the event for the first episode of his “Low Gear” television series on Sky Channel 200 or CUE 23 on freeview starting June 9th at 8pm and repeated for the next 4 days at various times.
Mark Hallett of Puhoi had two dragster tractors at the event. His “Heavy Metal” super modified 1960s Leyland V8 smoked its tyres on the boat ramp trying to pull Malcolm Webster’s tractor in a demonstration.
A big John Deere tractor from Gary Heaven’s Solway Deer Farm, driven by Tony Ward, towed 10 tractors with ease in another demonstration dubbed the “mother hen” parade.
Neil Stewart, one of the Tractorama organisers, was “blown away” by its success. He also won the best Massey Ferguson tractor prize for his 1957 “Fergie”. The Mahurangi East Volunteer Fire Brigade brought two engines and hosed down many of the children. The brigade will benefit from funds raised by entries, expected to exceed $1000.
Plenty of prizes were presented and the Snells Beach School sold all its 500 sausages early.
“Many children had big grins on their faces, and the tractors recalled memories for many older visitors,” Mr Stewart says.
It’s unlikely to be a regular event though. Mr Stewart says a previous tractor display was held in October 2005 and another might not be held for five years.