Club History

Following an advertisment in the local paper and by way of personal contact the first inaugural meeting of the Otorohanga Vintage Machinery Club (mc) was held on July l7th.1997 at 7.00 p.m. at the Otorohanga District Council Staff supper room.

There were 17 people in attendance at this meeting with 6 apologies.

A Mr. John Murphy acted as chairperson for this first meeting who took the formalities as follows:
A name for the Club; It was decided to be called Otorohanga Vintage Tractor & Implement Club this later to become Incorporated in September 2000, followed by a name change in May 2003 to our present title of Otorohanga Vintage Machinery Club (Inc).
John then proceeded to call for the election of a Club President, a Secretary/Treasurer and a Management Committee.
Further formalities were passed like setting the subscriptions, the bank account, club meeting times ect.
Our financial year is from May April 30th.

At the present the Club meets bi-monthly on the last Thursday of that calendar month, the first of in each year being the A.G.M. held in May. A newsletter is printed and posted to financial Members one week before each of our Club Meetings. Our meetings are held at the Otorohanga Fire Brigade Committee Room commencing at 7:30 p.m.

Over the years the Club has grown to where the financial Membership stands around 80. It participates at events around the district such as Xmas Parades, County Fairs, and different outside Club events. The Club by invitation pays visits to other Clubs sometimes as day trips and also have had a number of over-night trips.

We have had visits from other Clubs over the years and welcome visits by member Clubs to any of our sheds and events.

The Club has acquired a number of articles such as a tractor pulling sledge, a restored working waterwheel and most of all a Traxi (trailer) for transporting personnel at different shows and events that the Club attends at times through-out the year.

Waterwheel   Traxi  Sled

The Club does not in itself own any of the vintage tractors or machinery or restore any as such. It is the members who own their particular tractors or machinery and are shown in their purpose built facilities.

The Club has a number of trophies that are competed for through out the year and they are presented at our annual mid-winter dinner.

The Club Officers for a current year are shown in the About Us page of this web site.