Monday, 13 July 2020

The Tractor Factor

Last time I told you that I'd seen a lot of old tractors standing about on farms, in fields and in gardens. Here's what they were all getting ready for: The Cambridgeshire Vintage Tractor Club Charity Road Run with proceeds going to the National Health Service in gratitude for the marvellous work they continue to do at this difficult time. The tractors made their way through about a dozen local villages including my home village, which is where I photographed them.  



































And there they go!

There were around one hundred tractors on the Road Run. Everyone was keen to take part since most of the events they attend every summer are not taking place this year. The type of machines on show largely reflected what was used on farms around here back in my childhood. 


Take care


31 comments:


  1. Beautiful photos and this round of honor tractors.

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  2. There seems to be a collector out there for everything. Don't they look proud of their old machines!

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  3. Those tractors are well loved and the owners are very proud of those machines.

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  4. I love all of the different, bright colors! What a wonderful parade this was!

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  5. We normally have a similar event round here but it doesn't seem to have happened this year.

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  6. I wish I could have been there.

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  7. Thank goodness for health care for all, surely the hallmark of a functioning modern society.

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  8. A wonderful display of appreciation for health care workers. Really lovely that you got to see and photograph that.

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  9. What a fun way to raise money...fun for the participants and for the spectators.

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  10. Owners who restore old tractors are a dedicated bunch.

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  11. There's something about old tractors! Ours, from sixty years ago, is still being used daily....(but not by us, unfortunately.

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  12. Hi John - what fun ... they're so colourful and wonderful to see. Bet they enjoyed the run out, while locals enjoyed seeing them pass by - good for fund-raising too ... stay safe - Hilary

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  13. Even on screen they brought a huge smile to my face. I can only imagine how much better it was 'in the flesh'. Thank you - and them.

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  14. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous parade John. Every colour, shape and size, each and every one a wonderful old workhorse. 🚜🚜🚜

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  15. Huge smile here! Love this parade. The best ever!

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  16. All proud owners happy to show their machines! Glad to see a wonderful event like this wasn’t cancelled.

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  17. I love seeing old tractors on a run or even at a show. The first thing I ever drove was a Fordson Major of my Uncles

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    1. PS got you message but sadly managed to delete it. Your right the greenhouse does smell wonderful when it is warming up

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  18. Something comic about old tractors, I don't know why. They always bring a smile to my face. British eccentricity...

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  19. Wow! Awesome photos! I loved seeing all the different tractors. It's amazing to see how many different faces one item (tractor) can have. Each one seems to have a style all its own. Thank you for bringing the show to us. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

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  20. This is wonderful! I do love old tractors!

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  21. They are all to be applauded, such a variety of tractors!

    Thank you for the sight of them and I bet the sound was good too!

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  22. Lovely, wonderful, superduper, excellent, I love to see all those old tractors being on display.

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  23. I always enjoy seeing a good tractor run :) Great set of photo.

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  24. I have a new young farmer friend (he recently did some garden work for us) who is tractor crazy and is buying a vintage model for he and his bride-to-be to ride on to their wedding next year! He also owns draught horses, and rides bucking broncos in competition. Has purchased 27 acres where he will build
    a new home/farm. He's a delightful young man with his own landscaping business - all this at just 23. He grew up on his daddy's farm - enough said!
    Thanks for the fun tractor ride John.

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  25. I like tractors, especially the old ones. A few years ago, at one of our village fairs, we had a tractor rally, there were some beauties, and a couple were over 70 years old.

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  26. Wow, this is a tractors parade... 😍 I don't understand tractors but those look wonderful. I like the green one.

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  27. Think pictures of tractors very good so many diferent types !!!!! R j bolton...

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  28. Looks like it was a great day weather-wise for this event. Those vintage tractors must have been such fun to see and the owners looked to be enjoying the ride as well.

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