Vintage delights at Newby Hall

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Tractor enthusiasts and families from across the country will gather in Yorkshire this weekend for an event billed as the UK’s leading vintage tractor show.

The theme of this year’s Tractor Fest at Newby Hall near Ripon is ‘Made in Yorkshire’ and the event’s organisers at the Yorkshire Vintage Association have called on owners of Yorkshire marques to join them at the show which takes place today and tomorrow.

Thousands of visitors are expected at the festival where they can browse more than 1,500 vintage tractors, engines, commercial vehicles, cars and motorcycles from around the UK and from further afield in mainland Europe.

The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain is supporting the event for the first time, with a proposed display of veteran cars from the earliest days of motoring.

Yorkshire vintage vehicles will include David Brown and International tractors, as well as rare gems such as a Sharp Tractor from 1907.

Local manufacturers will be well represented including exhibits from Priestman engines, Jowett cars, Scott Motor Cycle Group, the Yorkshire Motor Company and crawlers and motor tractors from Fowlers and Walsh and Clark.

The popular ‘March of the Tractors’ once again travels into Ripon market square this evening, between 5.30pm-7pm, where visitors can enjoy the town’s shops, cafes and restaurants and the spectacle of the Ripon Hornblower marking the departure of the tractors at 7pm.

Family-based activities over the weekend includes vintage tractor pulling, the chance for children to drive mini tractors around a specially constructed track, interactive exhibits and working machinery, as well as trade and food stands.

Tractor Fest is sponsored by machinery auctioneers Cheffins and supported by Ripon based Econ.

Tickets are priced at £10 adults, £9 seniors, £8 children, under 4s go free. For more information, see www.newbyhall.co.uk or call 01423 322583.

Meanwhile, another farming machinery spectacle is being planned elsewhere in Yorkshire next month.

Yummy Yorkshire, a dairy farm based on the West-South Yorkshire border is gearing up to open its gates for the second year running at its own free Tractor Fest on July 16-17.

The family focused event celebrates vintage tractors, farming, food and artisan producers, and welcomed more than 10,000 visitors in its inaugural year.

For more details about the festival, visit www.yummyyorkshire.co.uk/tractor-fest

ROAD RUN IS A BIG SUCCESS

Young farmers have raised more than £1,600 for charity by organising a tractor road run in East Yorkshire.

The ninth annual East Riding Young Farmers Clubs charity tractor road run saw 74 tractors take part to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and RABI - the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Jenny Sleight, who helped to organise the event on behalf of East Riding YFC, said: “I love the fact that such a wide age range of people can share the same hobby. To see a 16-year-old enjoy the same hobby as his grandfather is remarkable.

“(And) it is amazing to see such a wide range of tractors in such a range of colours and sizes.”

She said she wanted to thank everyone involved in the day for their support.

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