Sunday 21st January was supposed to be the slight cool change after temperatures of 42 plus degrees but at 35° it was still damn hot.
We and 6 others had registered for the Milang event so to make it comfortable for Shirley, myself and the 1939 Mercury we opted for a run through the hills to Milang rather than freeways and hot, main, traffic light infested thoroughfares.
As at Para Hills West we are at the opposite end of the world to Milang we left home at 6.30 am our route taking us through Tea Tree Gully, Inglewood around Chain of Ponds to Cudlee Creek, Lobethal, Woodside, Oakbank, Hahndorf, Mt Barker, Wistow, Strathalbyn and Milang. This is a lovely drive in an old car and at 1 hour 45 mins I thought a good time as well.
Milang Oval was alive with all sorts of historical stuff and we parked across the oval erecting the club’s marquee and we enjoyed the shade and good company.
There is much to see at the Milang Yesterday’s Power Rally. A grand display of stationary engines of all types, there were so many it was quite overwhelming. The standard of restoration on those that required restoration was just magnificent.
One amazing fact was that many were totally original just being pulled from sheds and barns and just “got going”. There were tractors, tractors and tractors, restored, unrestored, big and small, plus a good range of crawlers.
There were trucks of all ages large and small and the display of cars from 1915 to 1981 was most interesting.
To top it off a tractor pull was held lasting most of the day. Having not witnessed this spectacle before I found it very interesting indeed.
As well as all that a shuttle bus was available for those wishing to look at the Museum at the old Milang railway station or go for a lake cruise on the Oscar W.
As the Mercury has been on the road for 20 years now I was surprised that it won its class amongst some very beautiful cars of more recent restoration. Mark Seidel’s truck with Gary’s Fordson tractor on its back also won the category of Club Display Trucks.
An enjoyable trip via the same route home arriving about 5.45 pm.
A great day and thanks to all those involved.
What you can find under the bonnet of a Model A