Age doesn't get in the way of a good machine doing its job, says Lance Mullin, secretary of the Taranaki Vintage Machinery Club.

To prove this, the club is holding a Vintage Machinery Working Weekend, where members of the public can watch and learn as a wide range of machines do the work they were designed to do, many years ago.

Lance says people will have the opportunity to see a wide range of these well-loved machines at work, along with some static displays.

Visitors will see vintage haymaking, seeding and discing, while ploughing will be done by both horse and machine.

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"There will also be a blacksmith at work, tractor and steam engine rides and losts more."
Local car and motorbike clubs are coming along as well says Lance.

"Plus there's the vintage military club which will be putting some tanks, jeeps, trucks and other military vehicles through their paces as well."

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the steam traction engine belonging to the Lintern Family of Hawera.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be the steam traction engine belonging to the Lintern Family of Hawera.

The weekend is quite differnet from other events hosted by the club, says Lance.

"This one focuses on the machines working, not simply on display. It is a rare opportunity to see them doing what they were designed to do, and gives everyone the chance to take a step back in time for the weekend."

With plenty of kids' activities planned for the weekend, Lance says it is an event the whole family will enjoy.

"There will be lots to see and do, for very little cost."

The cost is a gold coin donation for parking, says Lance, as well as a $5 entry fee for adults, but no charge for children.

The parking is a fundraiser for the Normanby and Districts Lions Club.

Lance says people are welcome to bring along a picnic, and food and drink stalls will be there as well.

Taranaki Vintage Machinery Club Working Weekend: Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11.

172 Turuturu Road, Hawera. Gates open 10am — 4pm both days. For more information see www.facebook.com/Taranakivintagemachineryclub/