Three-year-old Lachlan McLennan, from Glenfyne, looks right at home behind the wheel of a shiny red 1950 International Harvester McCormick Farmall tractor at the annual vintage rally at Cobden on the weekend.THE South Western District Restoration Group (SWDRG) Vintage Rally has come a long way in its 35 years.
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Crowds exceeding the SWDRG’s expectations celebrated the rally’s second year at its new site — the former Cobden racecourse —over the weekend.

Secretary Val Higgins said yesterday that while figures from the event were still being counted, profits, entrants and spectators were all expected to be up on previous years.

People travelled from Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland to display and view old wares, stationary engines and vintage cars at the two-day community event.

“Many of them have been coming for years and years,” Mrs Higgins said.

She said the stationary engine running displays, a vintage tractor pull and the antique wares and collectables auction were popular attractions.

There was also live music and hay baling and binding demonstrations.

Mrs Higgins said money raised would go towards improving the rally, with enquiries made over the weekend about building more facilities for the group.

The SWDRG began when 19 engine enthusiasts joined forces in 1978 and began hosting annual shows at a private Bookaar property. It now has 130 members.

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