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IF YOU’RE the kind of person who gets all
nostalgic and misty- eyed over the site of 35-
plus year old tractors, then there’s a special
exhibit at the Bass Coast Summer Agricul-
tural Show just for you.
Local members of the Harry Ferguson
Tractor Club will be steering a dozen mag-
nificently restored models into the show-
grounds on Saturday, allowing members
of the public to get up close to these iconic
pieces of machinery.
Russell Sanders from Woolamai has
proudly been part of the display at the show
for the past six years, and he’s always look-
ing forward to shining up his pride and joys
for the big day.
“I own three ‘Fergies’ and we have mem-
bers from Warragul, Leongatha, Tarwin and
Tyers (near Traralgon) bringing their trac-
tors over, ” Russell explained.
“The earliest model I have is from 1952,
but there should be one on display from
“There’s a rule in the tractor club that all
models must be at least 35 years old. ”
The nation-wide tractor club has over 1700
members, including many farmers and hob-
byists from around South Gippsland.
“There’s a wide range of people of all ages
who take part in different club activities, ”
“We attend shows like the one in Wonthag-
gi, go on day treks and once a year we have a
big ploughing day in Coronet Bay.
“The last one of those was a few months
“We had about 15 tractors there all with
ploughs attached. ”
As many Fergie fans will attest, it’s not just
the tractors themselves that are interesting –
it’s what’s stuck to the back of them.
“Most of the tractors we’ll have at the Bass
Coast Show will have different farming im-
plements attached,” Russell continued.
“These implements are relevant to the era
the tractor was made and its model.
“C lub members are always chasing imple-
ments which can be bought and refurbished,
so if anyone has any lying around their shed
we’re always happy to hear about it.”
It’s not just antique rakes and cultivators
sitting covered in cobwebs in farming sheds,
Russell estimates there are probably hun-
dreds of decaying Fergies rusting away all
around South Gippsland.
“They ran the agricultural side of Austra-
lia for so long, so it’s no surprise there’s so
many of them,” he said.
“But there aren’t many in good condition,
and that’s why we like to display them.
“S how attendees really enjoy seeing them
and they always have a lot of questions.
“Anyone who is aged over 70 and grew up
on a farm likely had a Fergie, so they enjoy
reminiscing with us. ”
Up to a dozen genuine Harry Ferguson tractors – most of which are over 50 years old – will
be on display at the show. G050116
Local ‘Fergie’ aficionado Russell Sanders and his babies – three lovingly restored Harry
Ferguson tractors, dating from 1952, 1956 and 1963. He’s looking forward to putting them
on display at the show this Saturday. G040116
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