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Doe's Dual Drive or 'Triple D' tractors, developed in the 1950s by Essex farmer George Pryor and local firm Ernest Doe, giving a display at the vintage tractor event at the Showground over the weekend. Photo: Bill Smith
By MICHAEL POLLITT, Agricultural editor
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Hundreds of enthusiasts are expected to flock to the second annual Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor and Heritage Spectacular at the Norfolk Showground in April.
After the great success of the first event, the joint organisers Graham Baldry and Roger Desborough have planned an even bigger event for this year. It is being held about three weeks later than last year over the weekend of April 20 and April 21.
With more than 6,000 visitors last year, they hope that there will be even more support for this year’s event.
Mr Baldry, of Bungay, said that the area devoted to working displays had been expanded and would be moved to the cattle judging rings. They were also planning the biggest display of pre-1930 tractors in the country and a special feature would be vintage crawlers.
They were planning to repeat the successful Doe Triple D displays of last year, when a record total of 23 machines were gathered together. And given that only about 300 machines were made, it was a remarkable achievement.
A tractor and machinery auction would also be held on the first day by Barry Hawkins, of the Downham Market firm.
“We also made a deliberate attempt to broaden the appeal of the event. We’ve got tremendous support from tractor clubs from across the country,” he said.
The heavy horses and working equipment would also be returning as well as even more stationary engines and horticultural machinery, said Mr Baldry.
Inside the Norfolk Arena, there will also be cooking and bread-making displays.
North Suffolk farmer and contractor Roger Desborough, of Church Farm, Wenhaston, near Halesworth, who has more than 80 tractors in his collection, is planning the veteran car display.
About two-thirds of the exhibition area would be used for classic cars, all dating from before 1930. Mr Desborough hoped to have several steam cars, possibly three or four, as well as a handful of pre-1904 cars. “I’m keen to get as many pre-1930s cars for display and maybe we’ll get more than 20. It just depends on what is out there,” he added.
They’ve had tremendous support from fellow enthusiasts including the Starting Handle Club members, who will be bringing a selection of popular makes as well, said Mr Baldry. “We’ve filled all the cattle buildings and there will be machines outside as well,” he added.
Ben Turner, of agricultural engineers Ben Burgess & Co, is also supporting the spectacular.
Adult entry £8, children free.
For more details contact Graham Baldry on 01986 895133
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