Stradsett set for one of Norfolk’s biggest vintage tractor rallies

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

Stradsett Park will be playing host to the Vintage Rally at the end of this month for a two day celebration for all things mechanical.

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

The rally, put on by the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club, is in its 41st year and will take place at the park, just off the A134 from Sunday, April 30 - Monday, May 1.

The main attraction will be a large ring in the centre of the grounds which will show a variety of exhibitions.

Displays will include military and ex-military Land Rovers, heavy horse demonstrations, working Spaniel demonstrations and large parades of various machines including tractors, motorcycles, cars, commercial vehicles, sprayers and spreaders.

Other attractions will include numerous trading stands, a fairground, an exhibit on horticultural history and displays of a wide range of vintage vehicles.

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt


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Half of proceeds on the door will go to support the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which provides a lifeline to those injured in rural areas.

The rally also boasts a beer tent which will host a hog roast on Sunday night. Guests will be treated to a helping of pork with various side dishes while being serenaded by Perfect Vintage, a vocal duo singing hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

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'It's our 41st show and we've had some great successes in the past,' said rally organiser Gordon Carson.

'We hope to have an event that people will look back on and say: 'We had fun and we raised a lot of money.'

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

There will also be a pulling contest in which modified mini-tractors compete to see which can pull a sled the furthest.

The sled will gradually increase in resistance the further along the track it gets, requiring astounding amounts of horsepower to complete the course.

The National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club was founded in 1967 and has united people through their common interest in the preservation and modification of vintage vehicles.

Almost 50 years later, its ranks include enthusiasts from all four corners of the globe.

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

The 2016 Stradsett Vintage Rally. Picture:Ian Burt

Entry to the West Norfolk show is £7.50 for adults with free entry for children.

Stradsett Park is located where the A134 crosses the A1122 to the East of Downham Market. The postcode is PE33 9HA.

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