The Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor & Heritage Spectacular is a new show to arrive on the vintage calendar and was held on the 31st March/1st April 2012 at the Norfolk Showground.
The FFA attended with the stand being manned by a joint Norfolk and Suffolk combination of your committee. Our customary hospitality was dispensed, many beverages and biscuits were consumed and members were able to sit a while and engage in tractor chats.
Members provided a varied selection of Ford/Fordson models, however E27N's did seem to dominate. There were awards for the judge's favourite tractor in each make, the silver salvers being sponsored by Cheffins auctioneers. The winner for the Ford/Fordson class was Steven Bush's 1936 Fordson N, a very nice original example. As the judge in the class seemed to prefer the original tractors,
Stuart Bailey's superbly restored Fordson E27N P/P didn't stand a chance, far too shiny; perhaps next year as it did look good.
Other exhibits featured tractors from local tractor clubs, The Starting Handle Club, the Tivetshall Old Ram Tractor Club and all the single make clubs. One hall was dedicated to pre 1930's tractors, some of which may never be seen again. The highlight of the show was the gathering of Doe Triple D's, 25 in number, and also the dancing display when 12 of these incredible machines got it together in the main ring.
There were numerous trade stands and catering to suit all tastes. The organisers also put on entertainment on the Saturday evening for those staying on site.
Around 6000 visitors attended the show over the two days. Graham Baldry / Roger Desborough, the show co-organisers, and their many helpers were very pleased with the public response; next year's show could be even better.
Words & Photo's by Keith / Jane Broomhall & Pat Pawsey