The Hawke's Bay Vintage Machinery Club was formed in November 2005 in the rich agricultural & horticultural Hawke's Bay province, on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island.
The area is known as the "Fruitbowl of New Zealand" and is home to the famous Watties brand of canned fruit and frozen foods. Many well-known wine labels are also based in Hawke's Bay, and large areas of land are cultivated for onions, tomatoes, sweet corn, peas and beans, squash and other crops.
Since the beginning of fruit and crop growing in the 1930's, a wide range of tractors, farm machinery and stationary engines have been used and club members are keen to see them survive, hence out motto, "Preserving Our Mechanical Heritage".
The Hawke's Bay Vintage Machinery Club has about 100 members, whose interests range across horse-drawn implements, steam traction engines, stationary engines, tractors and farm machinery, bulldozers and earthmoving equipment, to lawn and garden implements.