Record engines to gather at Newby Hall

A record number of exhibitors will make for a grand spectacle at an annual gathering of vintage engines in North Yorkshire this weekend.

Youngsters take a look at a tractor outside Newby Hall. (S)

More than 1,300 enthusiasts have registered with the Yorkshire Vintage Association (YVA) to take part in Tractor Fest at Newby Hall and Gardens in Ripon on Saturday and Sunday.

Exhibitors are drawn from across the country and further afield with some travelling from Germany and Holland.

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Among the hundreds of tractors, cars, lorries, stationary engines and motorcycles on show will be the world’s oldest tractor, the Ivel which dates back to 1903.

A highlight of the gathering is a ‘March of the Tractors’ which sees a parade of tractors depart Newby Hall, bound for Ripon market square on Saturday between 5pm and 6pm.

Richard Sturdy, chairman of the YVA which organises the event, said: “We’re confident that the success of last year’s Tractor Fest has attracted a record number of exhibitors – bookings are up by a third which is great news for visitors to this year’s show.”

There will also be a world record attempt to bring together the largest gathering of Mogul Tractors as well as an exhibition of Ford cars through the ages – from the classics to the vintage Model T.

Tractor Fest takes place at Newby Hall between 10am and 5pm on both days. Tickets are £9.50 for adults, £8.50 seniors and £7.50 children. For more information, visit www.theyva.com.