The Eastern Counties Vintage Show
Held on 11 and 12th April at the Norfolk Showground was the next Club outing there we shared a hall with David Brown tractors. Unfortunately Saturday morning brought some heavy showers with the result of a rather disappointing gate; Sunday was a much better day but both days featured what is known in East Anglia as a lazy wind and that, I fear, kept many of the public away.
The theme this year was tractor conversions and many on show were really very nicely built, and must have taken many hours to construct. I find, and this is a purely personal view, those conversions that were carried out when machines were in current production either to improve output or efficiency quite fascinating. After all, successful experiments often led to new ideas being adopted by mainstream manufacturers who were unprepared to take the commercial risk themselves. The result was a much faster improvement in tractor design than would otherwise have been the case.
There are numerous examples of this one of the most obvious is that of Frank Perkins fitting diesel engines to his own tractors. A Perkins P6 engine was fitted to a Fordson Major on Frank's farm, Ford heard of this and sent two tractors to Peterborough one to be fitted with P 4 and the other with a P 6. Following a thorough evaluation was felt that the P 6 engine's characteristics were more suited to the gearing of the tractor and it was adopted by Ford as a factory fitted alternative for the Fordson Major E27N's somewhat antiquated side valve petrol engine.
The Club had a busy show with some interesting tractors on the stand; I particularly liked the three Fordson row crops, and the interesting line up of E1A Majors spanning from 1953 to near the end of production with a nice American 5000 look alike amongst them.
Congratulations to Club member Ian Prince on being awarded the prize for the judges Choice of best Ford and Fordson tractor in the Show.
Many of you will know Ian and his ex Pool Ferry tractor
The tractor pulling proved popular, despite the wind, and I liked the pre 1930 tractor shed and there was a much larger commercial vehicle section than in the past, in all plenty to see. I do have one complaint though, there were no programmes and that makes finding anything out about a particular tractor nearly impossible. For example there was a very nice N on steels next to the three row crops.
It really caught my eye and I would have liked to know a bit about it, but with no number and unable to find the owner that was quite impossible a real shame.
Words & Photos Pat Pawsey