By John Keast
The Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club, after years of looking, has secured a base – at the Ashburton showgrounds.
Club president John Hall said the club would lease a site on the northern side of the grounds and build a 30x20m clubrooms and display area.
The base has already been put down and the club’s 100-odd members hope the steel shed will be ready in time for the Ashburton show in late October.
Mr Hall said the headquarters – a clubrooms and display area – would cost around $500,000 when finished, with the money coming from bequests, grants, and the club.
The club was also open to other clubs using the facility, or to firms using it to display machinery.
Club members would display, on rotation, some of the hundreds of machines they own.
Mr Hall said the “journey” had taken the club to the Plains Museum, to a council site in South Street and, finally, to the showgrounds.
Mr Hall said the site was good, and on the way to the Ashburton airport and its popular aviation museum.
The club was very active, with monthly meetings attracting 40 to 50 members and they held regular rallies.
It also proposed to use the headquarters for displays, such as, say, 100 years of John Deere.
The club plans an all-tractor display for the show, and believed it was just another attraction for the show.
The rooms are being built by Leeston firm StructureWise.