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Tractor isn't fast but it gets the job done

OLD RELIABLE: Alan Smallcombe with his 53-year-old Massey Ferguson tractor. Alan has been part of the Miriam Vale rodeo for 43 years.
OLD RELIABLE: Alan Smallcombe with his 53-year-old Massey Ferguson tractor. Alan has been part of the Miriam Vale rodeo for 43 years. Mike Richards

RODEO committee member and avid tractor puller Allan Smallcombe's pride and joy is nothing flashy or fast, but it is reliable.

Mr Smallcombe showed off his old Massey Ferguson ahead of this weekend's Miriam Vale country fair and Bulls and Barrels event at Miriam Vale Showgrounds.

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Show organisers and the major sponsors Star Roadhouse are predicting the event will be one of the best yet in the small township of Miriam Vale.

Showground gates open at 10am and there will be free camping and toilet amenities available.

Adult admission is $12 and students and pensioners $8.

Primary school students and under are admitted free.

Me and My Ride:

Owner's name: Allan Smallcombe.

Suburb: Miriam Vale.

Make, model and year of car: Massey Ferguson 35 hp three cylinder diesel four-wheel drive.

How long has he had it? Been in the family 53 years.

Where has it been? Merridale, Lakeview, Bethome and Miriam Vale.

What upgrades have been done to it? Motor rebuilt 12 months ago, canopy and slasher.

Why do you love it?: She's and extremely loyal old girl. I wouldn't swap her for anything. I've used her all over the district and she's never let me down.

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