Vintage tractors pull in the crowds

ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW: The ploughing gets a close inspection.
ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW: The ploughing gets a close inspection.

Tractor enthusiasts were given a treat as vintage vehicles were put through their paces at the weekend.

More than 500 people visited a vintage working day rally in Great Henny on Sunday.

A total of 38 tractors took part, ploughing the fields at Grove Farm, with 17 stationary engines on show and displays of brightly-coloured petrol cans.

Colin Cracknell, one of the organisers of the annual rally, said its success had owed much to the fine weather.

“All in all, it went very well,” said Mr Cracknell. “The main factor in that was the weather, plus the soil condition was very good.

“Most people seemed to enjoy themselves.”

The event, which was run by the Farm Machinery Preservation Society and has been held for more than 20 years, also featured a number of static tractors and some early Land Rovers.

Mr Cracknell said a wide range of people had been attracted to the day.

“It was not just members of the society, but members of the public too,” he said.

“The idea of the day is people can do what they like with the land they are allocated and that normally means ploughing.

“It is a fun event and hopefully it will go on for many more years.”

A collection at the event for the Essex Air Ambulance raised £205.