Bumpy road ahead for Fergie fiends
YOU'VE got to wonder why anyone would want to drive a 60-year-old tractor up a mountain, down the other side, and back again.
You can only imagine what the 500 kilometre return run from Bonville to a one-horse town near Tamworth will do to one's bum and spine, but that is of no consequence to a trio of local veteran machinery enthusiasts.
Tomorrow Robert Gill and Donna Crampton from Bonville and Jeff Eggins from Corindi will brave the elements and set off on their beloved mechanical workhorses bound for Bendemere's Annual Grey Fergie Muster.
It will be a trip down memory lane - albeit a slow one.
At a top speed of around 20 kilometres an hour it will take them two days to cross the ranges.
"Lots of people have been asking me why I'd want to do subject my body and soul to such a long and bumpy trip," Jeff Eggins said.
"And the only reason i can honestly give is because I can."
All three members of the Mid North Coast Machinery Restoration Club are enamored by the mighty little tractors.
Between 1946 and 1959 Ferguson in England manufactured half a million of the tractors and painted them grey because that was the cheapest colour option.
Tens of thousands of them made their way to Australia, and a surprising number still see active service on farms today.
"These were the tractors that helped turn the bush into a food bowl," Robert Gill said.
"Farmers will happily drive them round and round a paddock for hours, so at least on this trip we'll all get to see some great scenery while indulging our passion."
The trio are dedicating their trip to the Shave For A Cure.
Go to the Spurling Bridal and Formalware Facebook page to donate.