National Vintage Tractor Road Run Kirkbride Airfield, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 5HP on 8th April 2012
Hosted by Packhorse Tractor Club
Living in Norfolk we never seem very near to the NVTRR venue, that is except for 2010, when we hosted it, and this year was no exception.
My old Ford Cargo was relegated from front line duties and a modern Volvo FH12 was hired to transport the TIVETSHALL OLD RAM TRACTOR CLUB away team the 350 miles to the 2012 venue at Kirkbride, West of Carlisle.
Two tractors length ways and four smaller ones crossways made up the load, however, I must admit there were no blue ones!
Arriving at the venue, Kirkbride Airfield, on Saturday morning, the sight of acres of hardstanding was wonderful, trucks and grassy fields don’t’ mix.
Once unloaded the tractors were then parked in the customary lines to await the start on Sunday.
Now was time to register, collect one’s goody bag, visit the burger van and then wander through the lines of parked tractors. The considerations of transport and road run reliability tend to make for a proliferation of MF35, 135’S, Fordson Dexta’s, grey Fergies, IH B250/B275/B414’S etc. However, I did see some very nice P6 27N’s, a whole group of very well restored Ford 1000 series tractors, and a few County and Roadless derivatives.
The airfield hotel provided very comfortable premises for the Saturday evening event, this is now a standard feature of National tractor runs …. food, beer, music and comfy seating were available and an enjoyable evening was had by all.
Arriving back at the site on Sunday morning, from our B and B accommodation, local tractors were pouring onto the site and being marshalled ready for the 10.00 a.m. start. At the prescribed time Bill Pollock, this year’s Chairman, led off the run on his Fordson Dexta, followed by the
co-founder Ashley Godsall on his Series 3 Field Marshal.
As with all of these runs, getting upwards of 500 tractors off site takes a while, but thankfully since Durham 2009 we now have a very strictly marshalled getaway.
The run can be a bit slow, just due to the large numbers involved, however this is a totally new landscape so just sit back and enjoy the view.
The National usually extends to approximately 25 miles with a mid run stop for refreshments (and toilets). This stop is also another opportunity for tractor spotting.
The second half of the run sees a return to the airfield and everyone ready to load up and return home.
In our case it was loading up then off to the warmth of the pub.
Monday saw our return to Norfolk at a steady 54 mph on cruise control whilst watching the fuel data system tell me that we had managed 7.84 mpg for the journey!!!
Will we be going to Monmouthshire next year …..PROBABLY!
Words & Photo’s by East Anglian FFA Representatives Keith and Jane Broomhall
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