Motor Machinery Rally – Ballarat Times

HISTORIC engineering will be on display at the airport later this month with the Ballarat Engine and Machinery Preservation Society hosting a Best of Ballarat Rally on Sunday 16th October.

Technology from a bygone era, including steam and oil engines and flat-belt machines, is on display, joined by like-minded groups and demonstrations.

Company vice-chairman Peter Bandy said members of the group are coming together to celebrate and preserve all machinery bearing the Ballarat, Victoria stamp, and to showcase the industry in the area.

“Ballarat was the hub of a huge industrial manufacturing sector. Ronaldson-Tippett was the largest engine builder south of the equator, for example, along with Jelbart’s, the Phoenix Foundry and other companies also based here,” he said.

“We hope the rally will bring back childhood memories to those who accompany it.”

The event is designed to be family-oriented, and company president Ben Wright said people of all ages will experience an exhibit that captures their imaginations.

“There will definitely be something for everyone,” he said.

Souvenirs, a working 1880s print shop, vintage cars, trucks and tractors, trade exhibits and steam-powered rides should also be draw cards.

The company’s neighbors, the Avro Anson Air Museum, Ballarat Aviation Museum, Ballarat and District Model Railway Club and Air Force Association Ballarat Branch will also be part of the fun by opening their rooms to visitors.

The Best of Ballarat Rally takes place between 10am and 4pm at 40 Airport Road, Mitchell Park. Admission is $5 for adults and children are free.

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