Our group preserves, restores and displays an eclectic range of antique and vintage collections including machinery, old tractors, agricultural equipment, old tools, vintage cars, steam engines and much more.
The SWDRG relocated from their home of 32 years on private land at Bookar north of Camperdown to the Cobden Racecourse Reserve in 2010. The first rally was held on this site in March 2011.
The group preserves, restores and displays an eclectic range of antique and vintage collections including machinery, old tractors, agricultural equipment, old tools, vintage cars, steam engines and much more.
Some of the items displayed are owned by our club and some are owned by members who display them on the grounds and in privately owned sheds constructed on the site for the purpose of display and restoration of items.
We are a friendly group which welcomes new members into an environment where members share their knowledge and support others in their endeavours to achieve their goals. We are striving to provide activities suitable for all ages and abilities. We are actively developing our grounds to support these aims by providing a venue for members to indulge their passion for all things historical and vintage. The group has recently developed a scenic pond for the use of members with historical themed radio-controlled boats. Many members are interested in vintage tractors and compete in Vintage Tractor Pull events.
The club conducts an event known as the ‘Cobden Vintage Rally’ on the Labour Day long weekend in March of every year. This event attracts many guest exhibitors and competitors for the associated Vintage Tractor Pull. The grounds are open to the public and a good number of people come through the gate. An admission fee is charged for spectators. Exhibitors are admitted free of charge.
The grounds are also open to the public on the weekend of the Cobden Spring Festival when a smaller vintage rally is conducted. Many members take vintage vehicles in the street parade on the Saturday of this weekend. Further to this the grounds are open on the third Sunday of every month which aligns with open days at the adjacent Miniature Railway and Pioneer Park. The club also offers guided tours of the facility for community groups on certain other days (usually 3 or 4) during the year.
The events attract spectators of all ages to view the various attractions such as the vintage tractor-pull, grand parades, radio-controlled model boats, craft and lost-trade demonstrations.