The Things We Do...
There are many different events that members involve themselves in throughout the year. The club magazine has details of these events and they are held in all areas throughout Australia.
Some of the favorite events for members are the ones where they are able to show off their restoration skills to the public by putting tractors and equipment on display at country shows, field days and steam rallies. Members also like to drive their tractors around the place on outings called "tractor treks". These treks can be a day or two in duration, but can also be much longer. Every two years a major trek is conducted which is usually a month in duration and may cover hundreds, if not thousands of kilometers. You may have seen media coverage of these treks which have included central Australia, Cape York, The great central road and Conney Sue Highways, the Dig Tree, The Flinders Ranges and more recently The Queensland Channel Country
Club members also enjoy using their equipment in the way that Harry Ferguson intended, particularly in ploughing events and the like.
More details for each event nearer the dates
DATE REGION DELEGATE EVENT BRIEF
November 12th Yarra Valley Vern Finlay Yarra Glen racecourse Historic Vehicle Display 0400 627 766
November 19th Leongatha Ed Browning Leongatha area Trek, lunch Mirboo Nth
0437 185 874
December 3drd Gippsland Russel Sanders Christmas Lunch Yallourn Nth Coal
Doc Carpenter Museum BYO bar-b-que 0418 549 499
January 6th Wonthaggi Russell Sanders Static Display Wonthaggi Show
John Harris 0438 635 286
February 3rd and 4th Warragul Merv Watson Lardner Park Heritage Truck and
Steve Humphrey Vehicle Display 0427 394 305
January 13th& 14th Geelong TBD Geelong Classic Truck & Machinery show
February TBD French Island Russell Sanders Trek around French Island 0418549499
March 9,10 & 11th Melbourne Vern Finlay Scoresby Steam Fest
1200 Ferntree Gully Road 0400627766
March 16th & 17th Ballan TBD Fergy Fire Up Wallace Rec. Reserve
March 16th & 17th Korumburra Steve Humphries Working horse and Machinery rally
Steve 0427 394 305
April 20 Warragul Steve Humphries Grand Ridge Road Trek, 0427 394 305
April 26,27 & 28th Deniliquin TBD NHMA National Tractor Rally
May 18th & 19 th Gippsland Steveh Humphries Heyfield Steam Rally and Tractor Trek
Steve 0427 394 305
June TBD Echuca Darryl Whately Steam Rally
Murray River Trek August 2024
I am happy to report that at this stage it looks like the proposed big HFTC trek along the Murray River is going ahead around mid-August of 2024. It is intended to start the trek in Corryong and Finish at Wellington in South Australia where the Murray runs in to Lake Alexandria. I have been in touch with club members along the route to work out the best routes for the trek though their areas. The list local coordinators involved is still being finalised, but at this stage includes Alan (aka Doc) Carpenter with Trigg working out the route from the source of the Murray to Corowa, Ron Cotteril sorting out the section from Corowa to Yarrawonga. Merv Smith will be taking over and sorting the route from Yarrawonga to Barmah, then I will be handling the route from Barmah to Barham. Darryl Whately will pick up the section from Barham to Robinvale, then Danny Lee will lead us through the Lake Hattah National Park then up along the Murray to the South Australian border. Ken and Judy Vorwerk will take over from there and figure out a way for us to safely get to Wellington.
No doubt we will be having rest days at the various towns along the way to check out the local sights, but over-all the trek could last up to four weeks. Unlike our other large treks, we are encouraging local members along the way to join in for as long as they like, you would be most welcome. Those doing the full trek will need to work out the best way to manage their support vehicles and trailers as the we will not be returning to the starting point on this trek.
Participants will be required to fill out a Health Information sheet that they will hand in a sealed envelop to the trek coordinator at the commencement of the trek. It will only be opened in the case of a medical emergency and otherwise returned unopened at the conclusion of the trek. We will also have a defibrillator & comprehensive first aid kit on this trek. Those doing the full trek will be required to have UHF radios on their tractors which must also be registered (club plates are ok) and in sound mechanical condition. A check list is available to help you ensure it is mechanically ready for the trek. Participants will also be required to be self-sufficient in terms of fuel and supplies, although on this trek availability of supplies etc is not a major issue.
We are in the early stages of planning for this trek and as this is bedded down updates will be provided in the next few editions of Fergytalk. IF you are interested in participating, please let me know. My contract details are: Ph: 03 5449 6497 m: 0427 496 497 email: email@example.com.