Tractor World - Malvern 2nd & 3rd March 2013

held at the 3 Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

This, the first show of the year, got the season off to a cracking start.  It may have been because last year was such a washout or because Mark Woodward, who has taken over running the show, has started to change the format or even because it was a little warmer and quite a bit drier than last year, but there seemed to be more people about. Which of course is a good thing.
The Club stand was very busy on both days with a record number of memberships signed up and a brisk trade in merchandise.  But it is the social side that really matters and that is, after all what the Club is all about.  A constant stream of members arrived at the stand, wanting information or just a chat and, of course, a welcome cup of tea and a seat. None of us are getting any younger and, speaking for myself, I need to be able to take the weight off the legs from time to time. 
Andrew Gould our new Dorset representative and his partner Charlotte visited us and were introduced to the committee members on the stand.  Andrew has been a member of his local young farmers for a number of years, comes from farming stock and has some great ideas to promote the Club in his area.  I'm sure that we shall hear a lot more from him in the near future.
     West Midlands NVTEC Stand    Barry Garfoot's 1955 Muir-Hill shunter          Roller Mill display
   Nick Harrris's 1923 Fordson F       David Aylward's prize winning      Richard Sturdy's 1931 Rumley 6A
      Hadfield Penfield Half Track                  Nuffield DM4
I have to say that there was not enough space allocated for all the Fordson tractors entered, and I personally apologise to any Club member who was inconvenienced.  However I have learnt from my mistakes and this will not happen next year.
Giles Moston's EIA Major fitted with a Perkins P6
                                           Ralph Sharland's fantastic model display
My thanks to all the committee and other members who helped set up and man the stand, answer questions both from members and the general public and serve endless cups of tea etc.  In particular I must single out the ladies Margaret, Jane and Wendy for special thanks as they tirelessly manned the stall when there were man things to do like the auction and the jumble and were frequently left to their own devices.
It was a great show, with tractors of all shapes sizes and conditions to see. Wandering round one can decide if the 'working clothes' or 'concourse' is your type of machine; or do you like a Ford truck engine grafted into an E27N or a P6 into an E1A?  They were all there, you must do what you will with your tractor, paint it whatever colour you want, it is your choice and you will love it.
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