12th - 14th July 2013

The Kent County Show Ground. Detling. Maidstone. Kent

This year & for the last few of years now, I have found a much greater presence of "Kent Life & Crafts" stalls and displays than previous year. This is great as it is what a County show should be about with Kent Traditional Crafts, local radio stations, Bee Keeping , horse & hounds, bird displays , A Superb Vintage & Heritage section displays and many local business's showing their traditional crafts of yester year.
The weather was good this year, unlike last year when it was a very muddy, wet show with car parks having to close to allow tractors in to pull out the stuck vehicles.
This year in the Heritage section of the show there were some great vehicles and displays from a well restored Ford C8000 Fire Pump, which was used by the Flemmington Fire Brigade in New Jersey, USA.
This vehicle was one of the fire vehicles which attended the 9/11 tragedy in New York.
It is now owned and restored by Graham & David Povey from Buckinghamshire,
to Miniture Steam Engines, Vintage Vehilces, Models, Sign Writing. It was all here in the Heritage Section.
The detail on this scale model of a Pumpimg House was superb

1877 Mumford Shingle Mill

HS I Spider Straw Matting Machine

There were many tractors here but as you can see the majority were Fordsons.
This together with Kent's FFA member Rodney Broadley's collection / show winners it turned out to be one of the best single owned Fordson tractor displays that has been at this show since 2010 when our Kent Area Rep - Rodney Gibson organised the superb FFA Expo IX, here at the Kent County Show.
Below are some photo's of Rodney Broadley Collection, together with his winning tractors and collecting his trophies, prizes & rosettes from Heritage Section Sponsor Sam Imber from Pyra Graphics 
1st - Class 7 - Post 1963 Tractors- 1966 Ford 2000  
2nd - Class 7 - Post 1963 Tractors - 1965 Ford 5000 Super Major 
      3rd - Class 7 - Post 1963 Tractors - 1965 Ford 2000 Dexta
Well Done Rodney, all the hard works payed off.

2013 Kent Show Heritage Section - Results

Class1 - Hand Tools & Implements
1st - 3 Row Culitvator - Mr. B Lewis
2nd - Ransomes Robin 2 Furrow Plough - Mr. R Watts
3rd - Ferguson 2 Furrow Plough - Mr. R Watts
Class 3 - Post Veteran 1931 - 1940
1st - Case R Styled - Mr. E Milstead
2nd - Fordson Standard Shunter - Mr. B Pike
3rd - Fordson Standard - Mr. M Mount
Class 4 - Early Modern 1941 - 1952
1st - Fordson Major E1A KFD - Mr.R Denyer
2nd - Fordson Major E27N KFD - Mr. PGower
3rd - Fordson N - Mr. A Edmonds
Class 5 - Superior Tractors 1953 - 1963
1st - Fordson Major E27N Perkins - Mr. G Hall
2nd - David Brown 990 Implematic - Mr. G Iles
3rd - Marshall MP6 - Mr. D Taylor
Class 6 - Horticultural
1st - Trusty garden Tractor - Mr. A Banyard
2nd - British Anzani Motor Std - Mr. A Goodwin
3rd - Gutbrod Allen Moto Std - Mr. T Jarvis
Class 7 - Post 1963 Tractors
1st - Ford 2000 - Mr. R Broadley
2nd - Ford 5000 Super Major - Mr. R Broadley
3rd - Ford 2000 Dexta - Mr. R Broadley
Class 8 - Special Class ( Crawlers)
1st - Bristol 25 Crawler - Mr. B Thorburn
2nd - Cletrac HD4 - Mr. W Elliot
3rd - International T6 - Mr. B Lewis
Rodney Gibson Award - Highest Overall Points Scored
Fordson Major E27N Perkins - Mr. G Hall

The "Heritage Section" of the show continues to
Grow from Strength to Strength, mainly Thanks to the hard work of
Bernard & Steve Pike.
These 2 guys with of course the help of many others have work from the end of one year's Kent Show to the beginning of the next. I take my hat off to Bernard & Steve, because with out them the Heritage section would not be as good and contiue to grow as it does every year.
Again another superb Kent County Show, I look forward to next years and hopefully the weather will be as good.
Words & Photos - Ernie