Isle of Wight FFA "Fun Weekend", Mottistone Manor Farm, Brighstone, on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2012.
We were blessed with fantastic dry and sunny weather - having had a little rain earlier in the week. Ground conditions were perfect for ploughing and subsequent cultivation.
Some 18 Ford Classics, Fordson Standard Ns and Majors came to try out various ploughs and cultivators and were joined by 9 "other makes" of various shapes and sizes including interestingly a Massey Harris 744 D fitted with a Perkins engine reported to have been imported from Australia. Also appearing was a Field Marshall Crawler together with a Caterpillar D2, a David Brown Highway 885 and a Dutra with a Perkins engine.
The Fordson Standard of Lee Bradbury (standing) and Frank Willis who enjoyed driving it. Phil Morley's
Ransome trailing plough on his 5000 together with Denis Peacock's 5000 & Phil Harrison's Super Dexta were to name but a few.
The Classic Fords ranged from 4000's, 5000's, a 7000, Roadless 75 and an early County 954 Super Six. The Majors were represented by Major Diesels and Supers including a neat 6 cyl conversion with a Dorset engine. The Standard N was represented by a just restored petrol/tvo, a 6 cylinder fitted with an ex Allis Chalmers Perkins combine engine and a Perkins L4 model. 2 super Dextas were also present.
It was a very relaxed atmosphere with people bringing along recently acquired ploughs and cultivators - in particular a Ransomes 2f Trailing plough which ended up behind a 5000!.
This is the fourth year that the team of Denis Pocock, John Butcher and David Lemonius have put this event together and it seems to get more popular every year.
All proceeds for the weekend are being donated to the local children's ward at St Mary's Hospital, Newport, IW. We were very fortunate in having good support from our local dealers and suppliers in the form of Raffle Prizes and other generous donations. Together with the proceeds of another raffle held earlier in the week by local New Holland Dealer C & O Tractors, We raised in excess of £1200.00 for this very worthy cause.
We are very grateful to our supporters especially Todd and Jackie Carder who allowed their land to be abused and mutilated and otherwise cultivated!
Report & Photos - F.F.A Isle of Wight Area representative David Lemonius