National Vintage Tractor Road Run 2011
24th April - Pembrokeshire - Wales
On 24 April, Easter Sunday, in glorious weather the largest ever road run of vintage and classic tractors took place in Pembrokeshire, Wales, covering over 30 miles. This run set a new Guinness record for the most tractors on any road run of this kind in the world.
The National Vintage Tractor Road Run is the most prestigious event of its kind in the world.
The 2011 event will be remembered for not only the number of tractors taking part, which was 777, but for the way the event was organised so incredibly well, particularly the way the marshals handled the tractors around the route.
The lunch time break was organised well and not letting the tractors out on the road for the start of their second half of the run until all the others were in from their first half, was an excellent idea.
Henry Dixon was the main organisor of this event and worked so hard with his team from the SW Wales NVTEC. "We all take our cap's off to you" for being able to organise such a great event.
On Sunday morning, the speeches were made and the blessing given by the Wesleyan lady preacher. Then at 10am, Henry Dixon led the party off with his 1967 JD 710. We also saw Bill Pollock, he will be the main organiser with the newly set up Packhouse Tractor Club for the 2012 National in Cumbria, Bill was on his 1963 Fordson Super Dexta New Performance.
Led by a police car we travelled through Haverfordwest town centre where an amazing crowd were watching, through the lanes to Lambston. Eirwyn Davies was on his 1974 4000, from Carmarthenshire.
We travelled on through Honey Hook and Marlsborough where we saw the mighty 1966 Ford 6000 Commander Select-O-Speed in original condition, belonging to Roy Phillips from Carmarthenshire aswell as FFA member Peter Studley who was having a great time with his 1967 Ford 3000.
Dave Houghton from Cornwall and his 1960 Super Major, aswell as George Yarwood with his ex Forestry Services 1976 Roadless 105 were all out thoroughly enjoying themselves.
The only entries from Kent and Sussex were Oliver West driving the family’s original Fordson Dexta with trailer that contained various members of the family. Also with a box on the back, was Dylan Lewis with his 1958 Power Major.
There was a huge crowd waving to everyone as the tractors drove up Newgale Hill to Penycwm (head of the valley). Then onto and through Tancredston.
At Henry and Margaret’s Walterson Farm we have to say there has never been a lunch stop on the NVRR quite like this one before. Henry had got a number of his tractors out on show and the public were watching as the tractors came in for the lunch break and they kept on comming in . . . in their hundreds !!
The food marquee was good value for money with a variety of fresh food at reasonable prices. There were some charity stands and various other things going on. The farm was totally "buzzing" with over 3,000 people here.
It was such a great relaxed atmostphere with everyone chatting to guy's and girl's they hadn't seen for a long time,tractor talk, weather talk, farm talk, you name it, it was going on.
3pm was moving on out time for the first tractors in, with the last leaving at around 4.15pm.
As we chugged our way back to the Pembroke Agricultural Society’s Showground, where it had all started that morning. Along the lanes, fed and watered , glorious weather and with out much of a care in the world . I realised how much of a fantastic day we all had, driving our "Pride & Joys" that had taken many, many hours of restoration together with fraid tempers when thing's didn't quite go right or work properly, smiles and satisfaction when it did. Today has made it all worth while and reminded me of why we enjoy this crazy "World of Tractors".
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A Big "Thank you" from the Ford & Fordson Association and all it's members
to everyone who helped make the National vintage Road Run 2011 such a great event.