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Vintage tractors

Simon Cox

19 Jun 2011


Vintage tractors

On the 11th June we attended the Shakey Super Pull run by the Midlands Tractor Pulling Club at the Shakespeare Country Raceway.

at the Shakey Super Pull

We had a great day, between rain showers, watching the very loud, very fast, very powerful and very smokey tractors competing in the BTPA points event - recommended fun day out for next year. During one of the breaks I found a line of vintage tractors on display to the side of the beer tent and luckily had my wide angle lens handy for some close up shots.

In the line were several Forsdson's, the ubiquitous and classic small tractor of my childhood but a Blue Fordson stood out amoungst them as it had a bright red grill on the front. i was able to get a shot just after it had rained with the dark ominous clouds in the background which gives the Fordson tractor a gritty industrial backdrop. Next to that was a buitiful dark red late 1940's Field Marshall. Again quite a small tractor but this looked more powerful than the Fordson but it had not been resotred to showroom condition and though clean was showing signs of wear and tear - which I prefer in a hard working machine anyway. The last image is of a canary yellow Catapillar tractor showing signs of rusty distress trhough its faded paintwork. These vintage tractors looked far removed from the mosters that were racing only a few yards away  but they share a common anscentry so it was good to see them on show.

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