This year’s Expo IX was held at The Welland Steam & Country Rally
from 26th to 28th July.
Firstly I must thank Graham Skittery and the committee of the Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society for inviting us and for the excellent facilities that they provided. Members attending enjoyed the rally; we had an excellent position and were provided with a marquee that made a great focal point with an interesting selection of tractors grouped around it.
Our club member Ken Bailey braved taking some photographs of the rally from a basket on a crane a dangling 100feet from the ground. It made my knees feel funny just watching him however he took some good pictures one of our stand is included here.
My thanks to Mark Grass-Brown, known to many of you for his tractor pulling commentaries for fearlessly agreeing to judge members tractors, it is a job that cannot be done without someone feeling aggrieved.
The results were as follows: -
Best in Show:
1st Margaret Badham 1942 Fordson N Industrial
2nd Nick Bryne Fordson Standard N
3rd Stuart Bailey Fordson Major E27N
1st Ian Davies Fordson Major E27N on half-tracks with Mule Dozer
2nd Jonathan Boaz Fordson Standard “All-round”
3rd Anthony Stokes 1943Fordson N with Henderson trencher
“The One I’d most like to take home”
Chris Tranter 1964 County Super 4
Nick Bryne bought a cut away E27N engine that engendered a lot of interest and much turning of the crank handle, it was surprising that several people had not realised that these engines were ‘splash’ lubricated and not pressure fed.
All in all in was a good and enjoyable show with plenty of old working, unrestored and restored tractor for all to see. Thank you to you all who hepled man the FFA marquee and those that brought their beloved and superb tractors to this show.