Vintage Harvest Rally

Steve Muggeridge and his magnificent draft horses

This much loved Wairarapa event on 3 & 4 February 2018 is organised by the Wairarapa Vintage Machinery Club. The rally is only held every four years. Get your tickets at the gate -EFTPOS available ansd cash sales too.

It's going to be at a new venue, Clareville Showgrounds.  This is a terrific family event - free entry for kids under 15 and entry for adults just $10.  There'll be food and drinks available.

You'll see rare, private collections of machinery in action in farming demonstrations. Get up close to machines restored by hand to original working condition.

Discover how wheat was harvested 100 years ago with man power and horse power! One of the highlights of the rally will be the harvesting of a specially planted wheat field. The harvesting, threshing and milling process will all be done by vintage machinery - a sight well worth seeing. Magnificent draft horses will harvest a wheat crop with a binder and a Clayton Shuttleworth mill will be working.

This rare Foden steam wagon returns to Wairarapa for the rally

Also on display will be vintage trucks, tractors, stationary engines and farming memorabilia from private collections. See the rare Foden steam lorry which for almost 30 years was a familair sight inthe Wairarapa.The six ton, C-type wagon was based in Cornwall Street, Masterton between 1925 to 1958 and was often seen carrying metal for roads, firewood for families and wool from farms to awaiting trains at the railway station. The wagon is a rare piece of machinery - in fact it is the only working one of its type in New Zealand  - and has been completely restored and painted bright yellow. Now based in the South Island it will be the star attraction at the Wairarapa Vintage Machinery Club’s Harvest Rally.


Here is the programme - for both Saturday and Sunday:

9.00am Opening welcome and safety message. On site activity begins

9.20am Stationary engines: mass start up: Gentlemen Start Your Engines

9.40am Unload and un-roll round bales.

10.00am Chaff Cutter demonstration

10.20am Hay raking and hay baling

10.40am Alison Aero engine start up. Sheep shearing. Fleece to garment competition.

11.00am Clydesdales

11.20am Case Parade

11.40am Lanz David Brown AC Fiat Leyland Nuffield Oliver (must be clear of ring by 11.50)

12.00 Mid-day Bale Accumulator Demonstration.    

1.00pm Threshing mill and stationary baler.

1.30pm IH Parade Alison Aero Engine start up

2.00pm Ford & Fordson Parade

2.20pm Dozer parades

2.40pm All Trucks Parade

3.00pm Traction Engines and Steam Vehicles

3.30pm Vintage Cars Land Rovers Fire Engines Parade Sponsors : Case: Norwood: TFM:Power Farming

3.40pm Massey Ferguson and Massey Harris Parade

4.00pm Fire engine demonstration

The rally is a fun, family-friendly event. Watch for:

  • Barrel Train for Children’s entertainment
  • Helicopter Rides. Weather conditions may affect times.
  • Dynamometer, used for testing Horsepower. Watch tractors get their engines tested
  • Trailer Rides 
  • Stationary engines at work
  • Steam Punk: Edwardian colour and glamour

Inside the Sports Stadium see a range of displays: Model engineers,vintage cars, horse drawn carriages, horse drawn farm implements, vintage motor cycles,and model cars. 

Please note - no dogs are allowed. Also no smoking.

Like to exhibit at the rally? The deadline has past but applications are still being accepted - you do need to register and here is the form to use

Come and enjoy Waitangi Weekend in the Wairarapa at the show on: 

3rd & 4th February 2018 from 9am – 4pm    Clareville Showgrounds Chester Road 

Adults $10
Children under 15 free
EFTPOS available at the gate and free parking.