Varied offerings, like agricultural shows and rallies, celebrate vintage tractors and old farm tools
With ploughing matches tending to be held in late fall and early spring, they are often rather muddy affairs. Pictured here at the 2010 Anglesey ploughing match is my brother Pete, measuring out what remains of his plot. He went on to take second place in his class with his Fordson Model N and trailer plough.
At the 2010 Caerwys show, this handsome, unrestored 1947 Field Marshall Series 2 belongs to Simon Waterhouse of Bodfari. Field Marshall tractors, with their single cylinder engines, make a deep and distinctive “thump thump” sound, which can be heard loud and clear across any showground. Tractor shows these days usually contain a good mixture of restored and unrestored tractors. Fans of unrestored tractors often refer to their untouched machines as “unmolested.”
Ian Wilson of North Wales leaving the show ring at the 2010 Caerwys show on his 1943 Case DEX. Ian has ploughed several times in the World Ploughing Championships, representing Wales on a modern tractor, but this old Case is his firm favorite; he has owned it for more than 30 years.
You meet some quite eccentric people at tractor events! This local character is Dei Roberts of Bala, North Wales, pictured with his David Brown airfield tug.
A timeless scene of a ploughman adjusting his trailer plough.
Steve Watts of North Wales, taking the air on a recent road run on his Massey Ferguson 65 Row Crop tractor.
A pair of young ladies forming part of the "land girls" display arranged by the Flintshire Vintage Tractor Club for the 2010 Caerwys show.
Owner John Appleton of Llanrwst restored both the Ferguson tractor and the finger bar mower shown on display at the 2010 Llandudno Transport Festival. Note the safety cover on the finger bar mower. In today’s world, we have to be careful to ensure that what we bring to a public event won’t harm anyone.
As well as being a nation of tractor fanatics, we are also very fond of our dogs, and what better place for a sheepdog than the back of a tractor?
David Oven of Derbyshire finds that his 1945 Farmall H is an excellent choice for road runs. Not only will it turn on a sixpence, but it also has a useful fast top gear.
Sometimes we see rather unusual tractors at ploughing matches, like this German-made Fendt, which belongs to Des Cook of Flintshire.