The Ford & Fordson Association Expo X
was held on 26th & 27th July at Crark Airfield, Flookburgh, Cumbria at the invitation of the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd.
The roads,well country lanes leading from the A590 to the showground were narrow & had many hills and small villages to pass through, but Lowloaders with the steam engines aboard, lorries with trailers all took it in their stride and through they all came. The traffic was organised well and there wern't hardly any tailbacks into or out after the show. I must think that the show has been held here for so long, that the lanes are no problem anymore.
The show was set up using the main old airport runway, which was kept clear during the whole show as it was the main way in & out for exhibitors vehicles, traders, emergency services and ring arena events.
I found a great variety of Clubs, vehicle types, Crafts and trader stalls here, maybe more than other Shows.
There was a 2nd hand parts section behind our Marquee. This proved to be very popular for myself and many of the public.
The main tractor area was to the front left of our marquee and set out well, leaving space for the tractor to manouver around while getting ready for their turn to parade around the shows ring area.
While having a wander around many things caught my eye, as they do !! dont they.....
Vintage Vans & Campers
It was time for a coffee when I see this really unique set up. It is all self sufficient and runs from either lesuire batteries or if possible mains when available & it all fits into the back of this Volkswagon Beetle.
The Couple designed this to fit this model of car and it was a one-off fabrication.
An Ice Mocha & Latte were ordered and tasted lovley.
Visit their website for more information and have this CoffeeBug at your next event.
Working Tractor Section
1950 TRUSTY 6
Nicholsons Type B.P.I Baling Press
1935 Hercules Tandem with a 1939 Watsonian Sidecar with details below
Owned by: D & S Sales
Statioary Engine Class: Winner 2014
Merlotte Butter Churn driven by a 1913 Amanco Hired Hand Engine
Restoered & Owned by Mr. Bill Abbott
Recent build I know, but I thought it looked fantastic with all the building of, pinstripping paintwork
all done by the owners own hands.
1962 Fisher Holivan 8
Owned & beautifully restored by:Mr. W.S Winder
1964 Stirling Special
Owned by:T & E Mangnall
I was amazed with the original work & detail that someone has designed for the roof guttering. Nowdays water runs off roof and over caravans bodywork, here no messing about straight down to the ground.
An absaloutly fantastic display of mainly Fordsons
FFA Expo Arena Time / Line up
Ford & Fordson Association Expo X Award Winners
These were judged by exhibitors and included any Ford or Fordson in the show
not just those belonging to FFA members.
Best In Show:
1st. Mr Bowman - 1930 Fordson N (Irish)
2nd. Eric Davenport - 1917 Fordson model T (tractor conversion)
3rd. Philip Ireland - 1919 Fordson F
1st. Ian Strong - Ford 7000
2nd. Edward Woof - Fordson Major, T.V.O with 'Bale Slinger'
3rd. Pat Pawsey - Fordson Super Major (Industrial Petrol)
The one I'd most like to take home:
Mr J B Smith (Sonny) - 1970 Ford 4000 industrial petrol
A Big "Thank you" goes out to the "Cumbria Steam Gathering 2014" organisors for this Superb event. It is a very large & full show with absaloutly tons of things to see, Steam, Commercials, Vehicles, Caravans or Tractors, you name it it's here - I've had a great time here & will be back in the future.
I would also like to Thank the FFA Committee Members who attended here and looked after our members in the Marquee with cups of T, cold juice and cake. I know some of them took 2 days to travel up to Lake district from down south with their lorries loaded with their tractors and pulling their "home form home " on wheels.
Words & Photos: Ernie