The Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor and Heritage Spectacular staged its sixth show at the Norfolk Showground on 22nd and 23rd April.
The FFA attended once again and this year, we had a shed to ourselves. The FFA marquee provided the focal point of the display, providing hospitality for members and an outlet for the Club's merchandise.
The tractor display was centred around Stuart Bailey's superb
Fordson Major E27N. Having positioned this tractor next to our hospitality area a E27N L4 and E27N P6 arrived to complete an E27N centre piece. I never know what is going to turn up!
As the shed filled with more tractors, we had a superb display of Ford and Fordson and, although there was no award for the best Club stand, I am convinced we would have won it.
As is the custom on our FFA show stands we award the following prizes;
Best Restored - the Pratt Brothers Model F and Oliver plough
Best Unrestored - Jon Adcock's Fordson Super Dexta
(this example illustrated Ford's sparing application of paint!)
Judges's Favourite - Stuart Bailey's Fordson Major E27N P/P
The Show had an amazing exhibition of pre-1930 tractors, many from Roger Desborough's collection. His Twin City is a very impressive sight. In the other halls, many national and local clubs had their tractors on display. If you are a tractor fan the Show certainly has something for everyone.
The main hall had a display of classic cars and a feature was made of the Triumph TR4, one of my boyhood favourites. There was a good selection of refreshment vendors and trade stalls.
The commercial vehicle display was greatly increased this year and featured many Fodens; there was even a Ford Cargo. Sadly, my Cargo needed an MOT and could not attend.
Pleasant weather on Sunday helped to swell the attendance and there seemed to be a good turnout of visitors. Perhaps the Monster Truck display brought in the punters.
In conclusion, if you have not yet been to the Show it is thoroughly recommended.
For the eagle eyed tractor enthusiasts my exhibit was red and had a plough attached!!!
Words & Photos: Keith Broomhall