Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

The Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club is housed in the original refrigeration room on the Baynesfield Estate near Richmond and houses a large collection of restored vintage tractors on display. The club has done restoration work on the Joseph Baynes homestead, which is now a centre for woodwork crafters.

The Natal Vintage Tractor Club first gathered on 8 February 1992, with a member base of about forty, who were members of the National Club, which started in Natal in 1988. Initially restoring tractors only, the number of engines being collected started increasing rapidly, and in 1997 it was decided that " The Natal Vintage Tractor and Engine Club", would be a more suitable name. In 1999, due to an increasing diversity in members' collections which started including all types of vintage farming equipment used in the past, it was decided again that the clubs' name be changed, to "The Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club".

The club held regular exhibits at Pietermaritzburg's annual Royal Agricultural Show between during the 1990's, igniting enthusiasm amongst the public, and increasing their displays threefold in size in later years. Numerous trophies were received from the Show Society in recognition of the excellent displays, however the club unfortunately no longer exhibits at the Royal Show. The club exhibits at smaller outdoor shows throughout KZN by invitation, and members also make a point of supporting shows staged by other branches whenever possible.

The annual Clocolan Show in particular is a highlight on the annual events calendar. Situated in the Free State some 450 kms away, it is always difficult to transport items to show. In 1997, one of our members suggested that driving one's tractor there might be a simpler method. And so the regular Clocolan Trek was born. Averaging a distance of about 150 kms a day, the three-day trip became a regular feature for several years. The mixed assortment of vintage tractors all well past their "sell by" date was something previously never before seen on the roads. Night stops at camping grounds helped strengthen the great camaraderie already developed amongst these hardy drivers and supporters.

Other activities have included ploughing with vintage equipment, shorter Tractor Treks passing through scenic areas, and providing assistance with various charitable fund raising projects. Membership of the Club automatically includes one's spouse or partner, which in return promotes family involvement and interaction. Regular social gatherings are held at various member's homes around the province, which helps with the exchange of ideas and encourages restoration projects.

Promoting the Club to the public by way of shows, constantly results in contact being made with older generations who used similar equipment, and from whom valuable first hand information is obtained. This in turn allows the club to better appreciate the worth of their equipment, as well as the influence early mechanisation had on agriculture.

For more information on membership, and future events contact the club Chairman Les Maker on 082 771 5719 / 033 326 1040. Or email les@akhatech.co.za.

Accommodation Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Thorner House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Camperdown

11.0km North East Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Thorner House is a situated on our sugarcane farm, halfway between Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg. Beautifully decorated, Thorner House offers a wonderful retreat from the busy city life.

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Thorner Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Camperdown

11.2km North East Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Thorner Cottage is situated on our sugarcane farm, overlooking a lovely 4ha bass dam, which guests are welcome to make use of, and surrounded by beautiful hills which makes for lovely walks.

From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

Logos Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

11.7km North Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Logos Lodge offers 5 double or twin rooms allowing you to have individual attention as well as total privacy. All rooms are serviced daily and have en-suite bathrooms as well as their own private entrance.

From R 265,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Little Europe

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

13.9km North Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Little Europe Bed & Breakfast accommodation is situated 2km from Hayfields shopping centre, Scottsville Race Course, Nedbank Centre and Natal University.

Sleeps: 34 in 4 units/rooms
From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

79 On Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

14.6km North Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

The long-term goal of 79 On Ridge Ben and Breakfast is to become the best choice in Pietermaritzburg for lodging by creating a differentiated experience capitalizing on personal service

Graded:
Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms

Babbling Brook B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.0km North West Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Situated 5 minutes from the centre of the City of Pietermaritzburg and 2 minutes from the National Botanic Gardens, Babbling Brook offers 3 tastefully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Graded:
Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms
From R 410,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Aberfeldy B & B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.2km North Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Aberfeldy Bed and Breakfast is personally supervised by owners Phyll and Roy Geyser together their willing and friendly staff and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you. We are your 'home from home'.

From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gillys Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Camperdown

15.3km East Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

If you need a break from the busy city life, Gilly's offers tranquil wide open spaces, amazing views with incredible sunrises and sunsets.There is a trampoline, tennis court and an entertainment area with braai facilities for the Guests to use ...

Graded:
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Brevisbrook Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.6km North West Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Enjoy the warmest hospitality in Pietermaritzburg as Patrick Laundy welcomes you to Brevisbrook. Guests feel most relaxed in this peaceful country style property set in lush surroundings overlooking indigenous trees and a bubbling stream.

Sleeps: 23 in 6 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lincoln Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.9km North Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

Lincoln Cottages was conceived, designed and landscaped by Ken and Monica Phillips. The tastefully decorated Cottages were hand built by the owners, and therefore the accommodation which is offered bears a reflection of love.