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Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show at Newark Showground this weekend

More than 1,000 vintage tractors, farming implements and commercial vehicles from across the centuries will be exhibited at Newark Showground.

On Saturday, visitors to the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show can get involved with competitions, auctions of vintage equipment as well as an autojumble.

On Sunday, the annual Service of Remembrance will take place.

Family watching displayed vehicles at Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show (60346124)
Family watching displayed vehicles at Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show (60346124)

Amongst the thousand of vehicles exhibited, important milestones will be celebrated.

The 50th anniversary of the Massey Ferguson 1200, a four-wheel-drive tractor mirrored the 1500 and 1800 models produced for the US.

Another birthday celebration is the Series II FIeld Marshal, manufactures at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

The vehicle holds a special place in Ross Andersojn’s heart, brother of Peter, the founder of the Field Marshall club as their mother bought it for the brothers for £35 back in 1968.

“She was only 20 years old when we bought her, so not in that bad a state, but we still rubbed her down all by hand with a wire brush, repaired a frayed decompression cable and a broken clutch cable,” remembers Ross.

“Without this tractor we could have become football hooligans or something, but instead we spent our time repairing and recycling with her.” said Ross.

Celebrating 70 years at the event will be the Fordson New Major E1A, produced in 1952-1958.

Alex Kettlewell, 24 from Davenham in Cheshire, has recently purchased a 1959 Fordson Power Major that will be exhibited at the event.

“What I feel I’ve achieved doing the tractors up is brilliant. I’d say don’t be afraid to have a go, if you save up and buy one, it’s a big daunting project, but it’s also a huge learning experience.” said Alex.

Elizabeth Halsall, the organiser of the show said: “Classic commercials play an important part in our history and are much loved by many, so we’re delighted to be expanding the classes we are offering.

“Excitingly we also have a restored No. 4 threshing drum coming to the show, together with the original tractor it was used with, which has been recently rediscovered.”

There will be a wide range of classic and vintage machinery and engines on display.

“It’s brilliant to be able to celebrate these milestones at the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show, it’s really special for everyone involved.” Elizabeth concluded.

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