Kent Heritage Show


This years event was held at the Kent County Showground at Detling, Maidstone on 2nd April 2022
A frosty cold start to the day with 7am open gates / set up time for exhibitors with their pride and joys. As usual the Kent Heritage Show had on display a vast range of vehicles from Tractors, classic / vintage Cars and Motorbikes, Army vehicles of all sorts.
It still amazes me just how many vehicles turn up for this one day show which just proves how popular this Kent Heritag Show is.
It was a good turn out of Fordson Tractors for Our Kent FFA Area Representative Rodney Gibson with plenty of members and old freinds showing their Tractors and Agricultural Equipment.
During the day members aswell as Our Ford & Fordson Tractor magazine Editor Chris Graham were dropping in for a cuppa and some of Wendy Gibson cakes and Nikki's Bonners home made sausage rolls..... which were superb.
Off for my usual wander around the show ground and Ian Bouchard's 1935 Motor Units 10cwt motor roller caught my eye and West Family's 1917 Avery and their 1915 Case.
Ian Bouchard recently restored - 1935 Motor Units 10cwt Motor Roller of Motor Units, Coventry
West Family's 1917 Avery 8-16 No: 8393
8 horse power at the ground & 16 horse power at the pully.
2 Cylinder Horizontal Opposed Engine.
2 Speed & Reverse Gear Drive.
Starts on Petrol - Runs on Paraffin.
The whole Engine and Cooling Tower slides in the Chassis to engage reverse gear.
Restored by Mr. George Schaff in USA about 2006. It was purchased at his clearance sale in
2007 by Mr. Gerald Gregory of Lincolnshire and brought to the UK.
West's Family 1915 Case 12 - 25HP
12 horse power at the Draw Bar - 25 at the Belt Pully
2 Cylinder Horizontal Opposed Petrol / Paraffin Engine
Bore and Stoke - 7" with a weight of 4 tons
Made in Racine,Wisconsun, USA by the J.I Case Machinery Co.
This tractor has been imported in the UK twice by different Oweners but not restored until
2000 by Mr & Mrs. Symington from St.Andrews in Scotland.
Cosiderable work was carried out on the engine, all new tin work and tanks were fabricated and painted in the original colour scheme.
The tractor was purchase from the Elderburn Collection in September 2020
and is now in the proud care of Mr. Oliver West from Canterbury.

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