The Kent County Show - 15th - 17th July 2011

The Kent County Show was held at the Kent Show Ground, Detling, Maidstone.Kent on 15th - 17th July.
We had typical English weather for the show, the weekend's previous and after being glorious sunshine, the Friday of the show looked promising with sunshine. But Saturday and Sunday were steady rain, yes "Big Wet Rain" for both days. Out came the waterproofs, wax jackets ,hats and umbrellas as the crowds undetured by the weather flooded in for the show.
There were the usual trade stalls, but this year I found a much greater presence of "Kent Life & Crafts" stalls and displays than previous years. This is great as it is what a county show should be about with Wooden peg making, Scout adventure area, local radio stations, horse & hounds, bird displays and many local business's showing their traditional crafts of yester year.
In one of the craft / model marquees, Alan Coney from Ashford had a display of traditional signwriting. During his displays throughout the weekend he was adding goldleaf and painting a wagon headboard & wheel.
In the Heritage section of the showground there was a fantastic turn out of vehicles from all years. Cars, Buses - One of which caught my eye was the Leyland Royal Tiger "Bluebird", motorcycles, a couple of  "Overland Expidition" vehicles that came all the way from Germany for the show.
In the Steam section there was a fantastic display of the "Big Boy's" - a 1906 Aveling & Porter Roller - 6 tons, that was supplied new on 8th October 1906 to Burnley Corpoation Highways Dept - Lancashire and was owned by Ken Vine from Minster in Thanet.
A 1922 Aveling & Porter Roller - 8 tons, supplied to Henry Thorne, a rolling contractor of Slough and was owned by Colin Hazlehurst from Strood.
A 1920 Fowler Road Locomotive, it was supplied new to Drage & Kent of Suffolk for general haulage duties and has a 7 nominal horsepower engine and was owned by Richard & William Pierce from Hadlow, Kent.
A 1923 Fowler Steam Tractor - 51/2 tons - 4 nominal horsepower, supplied to Ryhope Coal Company - Newcastle-upon-Tyne where it worked until 1951.
A 1917 Foden 7536 which was built in October of 1917 and supplied to the War Dept. In 1920 was sold to Devon County Council and used for haulage of Rock drilling equipment.
Also having a great time were the smaller "Steamers" that were  blasting around the Heritage Show arena. It was unfortunate that this years Show arena was rather small in the Heritage section, hopfully next year we will have a much bigger area to show the vehicles.
There were many fantastic Commercial vehicles, which many were restored to a very high standard.
A Ford model T - 1921, Ford model T - 1922 I ton panel van all owned by Mr. G.W Jeakins.
A Saurer Diesel, 1956 Trojan 1 Ton Personnell Carrier "Mivvi" . A Bedford B19 1944 dropside & B20 1938 N3 Commer dropside, both of these vehicles were beautifully restored by Mr. A Salvatori & Son from Canterbury Kent. A Morris Flatbed owned by Kerr Farms from Ashford, Commer Caravanette camper vans both with original interiors and the famous "Green Godess".
A well restored "Travellers Caravan" also caught my eye, mainly for the high detail of the paintwork that had gone into it.
The tractor turn out was supeb, as it has been for all Heritage vehicles at Kent County Shows for many years now.
They ranged from a 1919 Hart-Parr owned by the West Family from Barham, Kent. A 1951 Fowler VF Crawler owned by Mr. W Best from Bredgar, Kent, to a Caterpillar Crawler that had been pulled out of the hedgerow a few weeks before the show, to name but a few.
Show Arena time for the Tractors - Agricultural Implements and owners that braved the rain.
Kent Show Heritage Section Catagories & Winners

Class 1: Hand Tools & Drawn Implements
1st - 1921 Phipps 3 Furrow Plough - Mr. I. Bouchard / Longfield Kent
2nd - 1946 Drake & Fletcher Sprayer - Mr. R Andrews / Barming kent
3rd - Bruff Hop Duster - Mr. A Edmonds / Headcorn Kent
1st - 1921 Phipps 3 Furrow Plough - Mr.I Bouchard / Longfield, Kent

Class 2: Crawlers
1st - 1946 International BTD6 - Mr. C White / Buxted Crowborough
2nd - 1951 Fowler VF Crawler - Mr.W Best / Bredgar Kent
3rd - 1942 Allis Chalmers HD10 - Mr. P Denham / Hadlow Kent
1st - 1946 International BTD6 - Mr. C White / Buxted, Crowborough

Class 2A: Veteran Tractors up to 1930
1st - 1919 Hart-Parr - West Family / Barham Kent
2nd - International Junior - Mr. R Andrews / Barming Kent
1st - 1919 Hart-Parr - West Family / Barham, Kent

Class 2B: Post Vetern Tractors 1931 - 1940
1st - 1938 Fordson N - Mr. M Mount / Rainham, Kent
2nd - 1938 Fordson N - Mr. P Watson / Chart Sutton, Kent
3rd - 1940 John Deere BR - Mr.G Iles / Densol, Kent
1st - 1938 Fordson N - Mr. M Mount / Rainham, Kent

Class 2C: Early Modern Tractors 1941 - 1952
1st - Fordson E27N - Mr.M Simms / Ringwood, Kent
2nd - 1941 Marshall M - Mr. A Baker / Grovehurst, Kent
3rd - Field Marshall Seris 3 - Mr. Best / Bredgar, Kent
1st - Fordson E27N - Mr.M Simms / Ringwood, Kent

Class 2D: Superior Tractors 1953 - 1963
1st - 1962 Fordson Dexta  - Mr.R Watts / West Kingsdown, Kent
2nd - 1954 Feruson TEF 20 - Mr. J Sunnucks / Hadlow, Kent
3rd - 1958 Porshe Junior - Mr. P Clarke / Ely, Cambs
1st - 1962 Fordson Dexta  - Mr.R Watts / West Kingsdown, Kent

Class 3: Horticultural
1st - 1950 British Anzani Hoe - Mr. A Goodwin / Knatts Valley, Kent
2nd - 1955 Trusty Steed - Mr. E Jarvis / Cuxton, Kent
3rd - 1951 OTA Mk2 - Mr. T Jarvis / Strood, Kent
1st - 1950 British Anzani Hoe - Mr. A Goodwin / Knatts Valley, Kent

Class 4: Post 1963 Tractors
1st - 1975 Ford 4000 - Mr. R Watts / West Kingsdown, Kent
2nd - Massey Ferguson 135 Vineyard - Mr. B Sunnucks / Maidstone, Kent
1st - 1975 Ford 4000 - Mr. R Watts / West Kingsdown, Kent

Gibson Trophy for Highest Overall Score
1962 Fordson Super Dexta - Mr. R Watts / West Kingsdown, Kent
"Congratulations to ALL the Winners"
This Trophy has been named after Mr. Rodney Gibson (FFA South East Area Representative) for his many years of hard work & dedication in helping the Kent County Show Tractor / Heritage Section and the Kent Tractors scene, especially the KFD models. I know Rodney felt very "honoured" & "chuffed" to have this trophy named after him as he told me " I'm only doing what I enjoy doing and have enjoyed doing it for many years now".
"Well Done & Thank you Mr.Rodney Gibson"

Jack Sparrow took the time out from filming the next "Pirates of the Caribean " film to visit the Kent Show. I don't think he sold much sun tan cream though??

We would "ALL" like to thank - members who made the effort to bring their tractors to the show  even with the wet weather - marshalls - Peter Love for his commentary in the tractor / steam arena.
"Everyone" who helped with the organising and running of the Heritage section of the show especialy Bernard & Steve Pike who helped / organised throughout the time of the show. It wouldn't have been such a fantastic show with out you.
"Thank you ALL"
Let's hope we have better weather next year . . .  and a bigger Show Arena ??