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Leading the way . . . Denny Dunlop behind the wheel of his 1950 Lanz Bulldog, in the Rangiora RSA carpark on Waitangi Day last Monday before setting out on a tractor rally around Loburn. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

 

 

By SHELLEY TOPP

Vintage tractors and cars filled the Rangiora RSA carpark in Victoria Street on Monday before setting off on the Rangiora RSA’s annual Vintage Tractor/Car Rally fundraiser.

Record entries were achieved for the event with 24 tractors and 79 cars taking part.

The tractor rally was the first to set off at 9am with details of the route only known to the rally leader, Denny Dunlop, a retired orchardist from Loburn.

Denny was driving his extremely noisy 1950 Lanz Bulldog which is started with a blow torch.

The tractor is a far cry from his usual mode of transport, a gleaming white Maserati 014 Ghibli.

“You couldn’t find a more different vehicle to drive,” Denny said, as he stepped down from his battered old smokey tractor wearing overalls and ear muffs.

One of the organisers, Pat Youngman, whose late husband, Clive, was one of the original organisers of the event twenty years ago, said it was a terrific result for the club, with $800 raised to put towards their new building fund.

Pat said the car rally route included a drive through the new Charles Upham Retirement Village in Rangiora to honour Jack Dunn, an RSA member, former organiser of the rally and now resident at the village.

“He was really chuffed to see all the cars drive through the village,” she said.