Historic planting machinery on display


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03 July 2023
British growers can check out some vintage tractors and planting machinery during anniversary show.

THE popular Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with many traditional attractions and some new ones, including a new vintage plant class featuring diggers, bulldozers and more.

Taking place on November 4th and 5th, the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show has already opened competition entries, which close on September 13th.

It attracts more than 1,000 vintage tractors, implements and commercial vehicles from across the UK, and precedes the British Potato Show and National Potato Industry Awards which take place later that month in Harrogate.

The organisers are particularly targeting growers and suppliers who came to the first Newark Vintage and Heritage Show 20 years ago. 

"It is an opportunity to gather, reminisce about previous shows and celebrate the show's success over the years," says Events and Development Manager Elizabeth Halsall.

The event is also celebrating the centenary of the row crop tractor, including the iconic Farmall model, introduced in 1923 as the all-purpose tractor aimed at revolutionising farming.

ERF Trucks and Atkinson Trucks will be celebrating their 90th anniversaries.

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ERF Trucks was formed in 1932 by Edwin Richard Foden and his son Dennis. Its first vehicle was a diesel lorry, launched in 1933 with the serial number 63 (the same age as Edwin). It was a very successful company, popular with British hauliers. There followed the KV series, LV series, A series, B series, E series and, finally, the EC series launched in 1993. Its factory in Middlewich, Cheshire, closed in 2002.

Atkinson began designing and producing diesel-powered trucks in Preston, Lancashire. By 1933 Atkinson Lorries Ltd was formed and the company moved to a new production facility. 

This year, the Marshall Club is celebrating the 175th anniversary of William Marshall setting up his business. There are plans to have a display of early stationary and steam engines as well as the later diesel tractors like the Field Marshall and Track Marshall at the Show. The company was founded in 1848 and based at the Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, not far from the Newark Showground.

"Marshall's products ranged from steam engines and threshing machines to diesel road rollers, diesel tractors and Track Marshalls," says Ian Palmer at the Marshall Club. "The last products were made in the 1990s."

Celebrating its 75th anniversary at this year's show is the Landrover Series 1, which will have its own class, says Mrs Halsall.

"The Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show is a great opportunity to showcase heritage tractors, vehicles, plant and machinery, get together with fellow enthusiasts and visitors, celebrate its past 20 years and look forward to many more."

Get your entries in before August 31st!
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