Vintage machinery roars to life for special guests

IT was a treasure trove of vintage engines at the Hobart Vintage Machinery Society (HVMS) shed recently when it threw open its doors to welcome clients from Oak Enterprises.

Treating guests to a special look at the workshop, the tour featured a range of operating vintage machines including a cooper-shearing engine, a 1926 international stationary engine, a 1927 Lister petrol engine and a recently refurbished “fergie” tractor.

“We scheduled the visit for a day when members would be in the workshop, so they could walk our guests through their many ongoing projects,” HVMS vice-president Phil Brooke said.

“One of our members even fired up a little steam engine to demonstrate how steam engines worked.

“The Oak Enterprises clients were very impressed and one even mentioned how enthralled he was by all the lawnmowers we had on display.”

Mr Brooke said the visit was part of the society’s agenda to support local groups.

“This activity followed on from our last venture where we delivered 500 bales of hay to Riding for Disability Kalang,” he said.

“We have had a shed on the Hobart Showgrounds for many years now, but there are a lot of people who don’t even know that we exist.

“We hope that through our support of local groups, we can both support our community and let people know that we’re here.”

HVMS club members meet at their shed on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Members work on the restoration of old machinery and farm equipment and welcome anyone with similar interests.

Caption: Hobart Vintage Machinery Society members leading Oak Enterprises clients on a tour of the workshop.