Vintage machinery club open day ahead

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Old tools . . . A rotary hoe, which has been at the club for about a month, will be on display. PHOTOS: JESSICA WILSON

The Otago Vintage Machinery Club will open its doors for people to check out its range of machinery.

The club, in George King Memorial Dr, Outram, in will host an open day on March 29.

It will be held in conjunction with the Taieri Historical Society and Museum.

Club member Ray Elfield said the club had a few new pieces of equipment since the last open day in November.

That included a generator which was given by St John and a rotary hoe that was dropped off by a member of the public.

“A member brought it up and said it had been donated,” Mr Elfield said.

A vacuum pump from Cadbury had been there for about three months.

The museum also homed items such as a Rolls Royce generator, sewing machines, a fog horn, a Commer motor and diesel Ruston engine.

Mr Elfield said club members tried their best to keep machines going. The previous open day was a success and many “new faces” went to have a look.

There were about 250 people throughout the day, which was more than usual.

Mr Elfield said a lot of people did not know the museum was there.

The open day would be held from 10am until 4pm.