MALCOLM Pomfrett turns 70 today and is the owner of probably one of Inverell’s least known museums.
This year Malcolm received a very special birthday gift from the NSW sales manager of Briggs & Stratton/Victa Geoffrey Allsopp. It was a mounted reprint of an original archived drawing of a 1956 Victa mower base-plate.
Geoffrey said the print is one of a kind.
“Lynda, Malcolm’s daughter, contacted us via Motor Mecca in Inverell and alerted us to the fact that Malcolm’s 70th birthday was coming up, could we help out?” Geoffrey said.
“I had visited the museum in the past, so I thought it would be our pleasure. Knowing that this guy has spent so much time with Victa products in the past, it would be our pleasure to try to do something for him.”
Malcolm has been collecting and rebuilding old Victa lawnmowers since 1991 and now has a collection of more than 150 in the two sheds behind his Clive Street home.
“My son got me going really. He was doing his apprenticeship at Motor Mecca and he wanted something to work on during his dinner hour,” Malcolm said.
“He asked me if I had something to work on. I had two old specials and my old one. I told him to look under the house and he took both of them and made up one out of the two. It went from there on.
“I knew how good they were; my father brought one back in 1957. I was the only one who ever used it. I used to mow the full acre paddock with that.”
From there Malcolm said he used to go around garage sales and auction sales and bought as much as he could.
“I used to put in a few weekends, did as much as I could, but since I’ve retired I’ve been able to do a lot more.”
GIFT: NSW sales manager of Briggs & Stratton/Victa Geoffrey Allsopp gave Malcolm Pomfrett a great surprise for his 70th birthday.
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