The UK’s leading vintage tractor show Tractor Fest at Newby Hall has joined forces with Europe’s leading agricultural and machinery auctioneers Cheffins which has agreed to sponsor this year’s event.
Tractor enthusiasts from across the country gather at Newby Hall, Yorkshire each summer for the two-day event, which this year is being held over the weekend of 6 and 7 June and will host more than 1,500 exhibits.
The event attracts thousands of visitors each year, not just tractor owners, collectors and enthusiasts but families across the UK who are promised a great day out.
Cheffins is well known to vintage enthusiasts through its regular vintage auctions, held around the UK, including Sutton in Cambridgeshire and at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.
Cheffins chairman Bill King said: “Cheffins has conducted an annual vintage and classic tractor auction at the Great Yorkshire Showground for over 20 years and has strong links to Yorkshire through the second hand tractor market.
“We are delighted to be associated with Tractor Fest, which is the fastest growing tractor show in the UK, and to be able to give something back to everyone who has supported the vintage sales at Yorkshire.”
Tractor Fest 2015 promises to be a cracker of a show. The show always attracts a large number of pioneer veteran tractors from the days before rubber tyres were used in agriculture and the YVA expects to have up to 100 of these early steel wheeled monsters on show this year.
This year’s special focus however is on Ferguson, Massey Ferguson and Massey Harris tractors. With the support of both the leading Ferguson clubs, the YVA is seeking to stage a world record gathering of at least 1,000 of these iconic machines.
As usual, all other tractor makes will also be well represented and most of the other dedicated clubs will be featuring displays of their own particular specialities.
The show site has expanded for 2015, with an overhauled layout offering a new larger showcase for the classic car, vintage machines and commercial vehicles attending from around the UK and Europe. Car and lorry parking arrangements have also been improved to cater for the record number of exhibitors and visitors expected to converge on Newby Hall for the event.
A “March of the Tractors” will once again start at Newby Hall, following a route into Ripon centre and ending in the market square on Saturday 7 June from 5pm.
Shops, cafes and restaurants will stay open to mark the occasion. The tractors will be sent on their way back to Newby Hall by the new Ripon Hornblower at 7pm.
Other attractions for families include working machinery, free tractor and trailer rides, cars and trucks, vintage tractor pulling, interactive exhibits, food stalls and trade stands.