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Wunghnu Picnic

March 30, 2019 - March 31, 2019


Here it is end of March already and the days getting cooler and looking like rain yet nothing happening. Time to get tractors out again and ready for the next 9 months of tractor events and treks.

First one is Wunghnu Rally and Tractors are King in this part of Victoria. Heading over and coming into Shepparton and a fair bit has been and is being done to the road there. Please take care if you haven’t been that way for a while and especially early in the morning driving into the sun as there is a wire rope barrier down the middle of the road to contend with.

On arrival at Wunghnu at 8:45am it was in full swing and a number must have been there the day of two before. Our trek leaving time wasn’t till 10:00am so time to fill in registration forms and have a cuppa and catch up with a few people. This year Federation was helping swell the numbers with the Golden Oldies Tour (Vintage vehicles only 1918 – 1930) starting from here on the Sunday. Lloyd had also gathered up another 20 Vintage vehicles to be on display which was going to be a great show.
Heading off time and a couple of tractors including mine needed a little help to start with crank handle or jump starter. Nothing like a few months sitting doing nothing over summer to sort out older batteries.

Twenty Three tractors headed off to goodness knows where as Stewie our leader always keeps it a secret but we always have a great trek. It seemed only 5 minutes or so and we were passing acres and acres of solar panels. Reasonable farm land as flat as anything had had all these rows of solar panels and wiring installed since last year and then a large power substation to send it back into the grid. Workers and utes running around everywhere.

Our initial stage run wasn’t all that long but we were soon beside some back water from the irrigation system which was like a swap and there we were very spoilt with hot drinks, pancakes, jam and cream. Very nice and time to have a good chat with others. Couple of larger tractors this time and good to see some Internationals out on the trek. One caught my eye later on as it was in the pull as well and had had duals fitted to the rear. Appears it’s a quick process and only takes about 10 minutes to do.
Next run was for about an hour and a half and driving into the wind for some of it certainly made you feel cold. We then turned with the wind on our side and got in amongst the trees and it was like a heat wave. Next was lunch stop and very nice salad rolls and home made biscuits and hot and cold drinks. Everyone seemed quite relaxed and had a good chat for about an hour. Our stop was beside what was a creek and it was flowing water and I was assured it was part of the local farm watering system.
Back travelling again and only a short run back to Wunghnu and the rally ground. A short shower of rain as we got back but that soon cleared. Excellent displays and the start of the tractor pull as well to keep us buy for some time.

Tractors on the Trek:
TEA 20 Ferguson – 8
Fordson – 1
Massey Ferguson 35 – 3
Ford – 1
Chamberlain – 1
David Brown – 2
Massey Ferguson 168 – 1
Dexta – 1
Massey Ferguson 135 – 3
International 766 – 1
International 734 – 1
Land Rover – 1
Dodge Ute – 1
Total 25

Neil Athorn


March 30, 2019
March 31, 2019
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