Vintage Tractor Enthusiasts Gear Up For Fall Newark Show

VINTAGE tractor and utility vehicle enthusiasts gear up for show season, culminating in the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show in the fall.

While many owners display vehicles at their local events, the Newark event is the highlight of the season, attracting over 1,000 vintage tractors, implements and utility vehicles from across the country.

Highlights of this year’s event from November 5-6 include three new classes for Commercial Vehicles: British Commercials, Non-British Commercials and Pre-1950 Commercials. There will also be more machines and engines on display, with a celebration of Newark’s Nicholson machines and Lincoln’s Ruston stationary engines.

This year marks important tractor milestones, including 70 years of the Fordson New Major E1A (produced from 1952 to 1958). Launched at the Smithfield Show in December 1951, the E1A replaced the older E27N model and offered a choice of three new four-cylinder overhead valve engines in petrol, diesel or spray oil.

David Brown is celebrating the 75th anniversary of one of his most famous models, the Cropmaster or VAK1C. Produced between 1947 and 1953, the company made several variants including the Vineyard, or narrow version, and in 1949 became the first major tractor manufacturer in Britain to launch its own diesel engine.

Another model that is three-quarters of a century old is the Series II Field Marshall, made in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The single-cylinder, two-stroke diesel engine was mated to a very large flywheel and was started by inserting a smoking cone containing saltpeter into the cylinder head to act as a glow plug before turning the engine over with a handle. Field Marshalls were commonly used to pull threshers from site to site and then power them into the field.

In the Massey Ferguson team, it’s time to wish a happy 50th to the MF1200. This four-wheel-drive articulated tractor mirrored the huge 1500 and 1800 models produced for the United States, including its hard hood and integral cab. The center pivot allowed for very tight turns on headlands while the 5.8 liter Perkins diesel engine produced 105bhp which meant this tractor was a true workhorse of its time.

Registration for competition classes opens at the end of June and visitors can expect a spectacular display, alongside a wide range of trade stalls selling vintage parts and equipment. Saturday of the show will see a live vintage equipment auction, with Sunday featuring an autojumble and annual remembrance service.

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