Get ready to start your engines at the Gisborne Vintage Machinery Rally and Tractor Pull.

More than 1500 people are expected to attend the annual event at Gisborne Steam Park.

Organiser Arthur Boyd said the classic event was the perfect opportunity for people to take a step back in time.

“People get to experience the yesteryears,” he said.

Tractor engines, a steam roller, classic and vintage cars, trucks and trains, miniature train rides and an animal farm will feature at this year’s event.

The tractor pull was started more than 40 years ago by the Gisborne and Steam Engine Society group, now known as the Gisborne Vintage Machinery Society. Mr Boyd was a founding member of the first event.

“The first one was outside Macedon House … that was a long time ago,” he said.

“Then we had one in Sankey Reserve – it’s been around for a long time.

“We sort of ran the first one to attract attention so that we could get more members.”

This year’s event is on Sunday, May 19 between 9.30am-3pm at Webb Crescent, New Gisborne. Tickets can be purchased on the day. Adults cost $10 and children under 16 are free.