This week Classic Resto is all about steam engines and Fletch gives a quick history lesson on the development of the steam engine that took some 100 years before Scottish Inventor James Watt was acknowledged as the creator of the new common steam engine. The steam engine revolutionised the industry and became the new standard of technology at the time.
The Geelong Classic Truck & Machinery showcases some magnificent machines, large and small. These engines represent the history of industry and agriculture in Australia, the owners and operators of these machines, Australia's pioneers.
Some of the displays include the engine from the ship, the JP Webb, a 30-tonne triple expansion, the 1000hp steam engine that dredged the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay in Victoria. Smaller more intricate examples of steam engines include a Hit-and-Miss four-stroke internal combustion engine that is controlled by a governor to operate at a set speed, precise engineering and a delight to watch.
We move on to the Tractor section of the show to find Angela with a 1919 Moline tractor, that despite its appearance was at the forefront of engineering at the time. Other tractors include a 1954 Nutfield Tractor, and a late 1950's White Oliver called the 'Mighty Tow'.
But the main event and the real crowd stopper is the Tractor Tow competition. A practical demonstration of power and torque. But it's not that simple there are rules and classes to consider. But this is massive when it comes to power and grunt and a very hotly contested competition
This event is worthy of a trip to Geelong. A step back in time.
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