The FFA Expo was held on August

31st to September 2nd

At the South Cerney Show the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club we were made very welcome by Clive Osborne, the tractor steward, our own FFA Area Rep, David Ford and by John Kedwell, the rally field supremo.  I have known South Cerney for many years

having spent 2 years at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, as it was then known, a bit over

50 years ago.

There were over 80 Ford and Fordson tractors grouped together, which made a great display with

many fascinating examples. To pick out just a few that were my personal favourites is difficult but there

was a quite exceptional line up of industrial applications

A very original E27N P6 diesel County Full Track fitted with a blade owned by Colin Barber.

and another 1923 F fitted with a Weher 'Model K' roller, this one spent its working life at Joilet, Illnois, they were splendid

The real show stopper was a stunning 9 NAN complete with polished aluminium 'hood', only the first 700 to 800 tractors, there is argument about the exact number, were produced in this form before the steel bonnet was substituted.  This one was also fitted with an auxiliary gearbox and was shown here for the first time by Julie Browning and Peter Smith.  Looking at this tractor there can be no doubt as to the real pedigree of the 'Grey Menace".


Words & Photos: Pat Pawsey