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Magnificent Display At Newark

The 7th Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show held on 7 and 8 November – proved to be a magnificent display of agricultures rich and varied history, enjoyed by more visitors than ever. As the sun shone, members of the public streamed in through the gates from the moment they opened and organisers estimate a total attendance in excess of 13,000 over the two days.

Over 150 McCormick Internationals and International Harvesters feature tractor at this years show – were an incredible sight as they stretched the length of the specially commissioned 180-metre long marquee. Among the wonderful line-up were the first and last Internationals to come off the production line at Doncaster, a span of almost 60 years (1949 and 2008 respectively).

Some 22 trophies and awards were presented prior to the Dinner on Saturday night, with certificates and other prizes awarded on Sunday immediately following the well-attended Remembrance Day Service held in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall.

George Yarwood took the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society Trophy for the Best Vintage Tractor restored to the manufacturers original specification with his 1981 Roadless 980, which also won the 1976 Classics section in the Open Class. John Hayward won the Mortons Heritage Trophy for the Best Vintage Tractor restored to original specification with owners modification for his eye-catching 1958 Fordson Power Major Dual Drive.

Mick Evans 1969 McCormick International 523 4WD won the Ian Burgin Trophy for the Best International and – due to the extraordinary number and high standard of International exhibits – two new certificates were presented at the judges request. Best Pre-1930 International went to Richard Sturdy for his 1918 Titan 10-20 and Richard Fentons 634 All-Drive, extensively rebuilt this year, was Highly Recommended.

Nominated Class winner was Gary Entwistles 1969 Massey-Ferguson 165 with Malcolm Robinson taking runner-up slot with a 1958 Nuffield Universal 3.

Another dual winner was Robert Crawfords enormous 1897 Hornsby Oil Tractor which took the Pre-1920 section in the Open Class and the Old Glory Magazine Shield for the Oldest Vintage Tractor at the Show.

Anthony McDonnell brought his International B614 Roadless all the way from County Down in Ireland to win the Tractor & Farming Heritage Magazines Shield for travelling the furthest 384 miles.

The White family walked off with two trophies that have previously graced their mantle-piece; father Colin won the Best Collection of Exhibits trophy for the second year running with his line-up of eight Massey Fergusons and son Daniel took the Patrick Edwards Ltd Trophy for the Best Tractor restored by a person under 25 years for the fourth consecutive year with his 1958 Fordson Dexta.

Potential bidders flocked to the Brown & Co auction on Saturday. Led by Ken Pritchard, the 250 lots on show were mostly sold. One that failed to go under the hammer was The Scary Monster an unusual air-brushed Ford TW 25 bedecked in a modern multi-coloured mural and having darkened cab windows. Following the auction Ken said: I was very pleased with the turnout and there were some excellent results for both tractors and vintage parts.

Now in its second year, Old Sodburys Sort Out on Sunday proved equally popular among visitors looking for that elusive spare part or seeking a bargain.

The Native and Rare Breeds Exhibition, also in its second year, drew in the crowds with a tremendous variety of cattle, sheep goats, mules, horses, ponies and a donkey as well as hens, ducks and rabbits. Supporting the Exhibition were outdoor displays including horse logging, a steam-driven threshing machine and a musical drive by the British Driving Society.

In the absence of George McAleer and his popular Ferguson speed assembly (due to ill-health), two teams of students from Bicton College competed against each other to be the first to put together a tractor and fire up the engine. Show organisers wish George a speedy recovery and look forward to his return in 2010.

Following the final Bicton display, Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Societys chairman, Mr Bob Sheldon, drew the winning ticket for the Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trusts (BOAT) raffle. The charity has been selling tickets at a number of different county and agricultural shows throughout the year and the last of the 20,000 tickets went just an hour before the draw. The prize a fully restored 1967 David Brown Selectomatic 880 with all parts and paint donated by Vapormatic and a new set of tyres donated by Firestone was won by Les Perkins from Warwickshire.

In a cheque presentation ceremony, 500 was handed over by Tractors Ancient and Modern towards the cost of restoring a Ford 2000 donated for a raffle to raise funds for the Rural Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).RABI celebrates 150 years in 2010 and the raffle draw will take place at next years Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show.

Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Societys chief executive, Adrian Johnston, commented: The show has grown by 125 per cent in the last three years to become effectively the largest vintage tractor show in the UK. We had 859 entries, of which 700 were under cover. We filled all twelve exhibition halls, providing marquees totaling 4,625 square metres, and almost 130 trade stands including the new food and craft area.

Visitor numbers were up yet again although it is difficult to specify actual numbers through the gate due to our policy of giving children under 17 years of age and accompanied by an adult free admittance. This policy enables families to enjoy a great day out at an affordable price and it was wonderful to see so many here this year.

We are, of course, indebted to our many sponsors; Mortons Media, AgriArgo – UK distributers of the McCormick International who also generously donated McCormick memorabilia for auction on Sunday which raised 1,452.00 for RABI – Japonica Press, National NVTEC, Goldholme Stone, Friends of Ferguson Heritage, Denby, Ford & Fordson Association and Experience Nottingham. The show would not be possible without their support and that of our co-organisers, the Nottinghamshire branch of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club.

Although it is impossible here to mention all our terrific volunteers by name I would just like to thank Robin Hall who stepped in on Saturday morning to provide show commentary in his own inimitable and knowledgeable style.

Next years Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show will be held on 13 and 14 November 2010 when the feature tractor will be the David Brown.

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