The Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show is an annual event organised by a small group of enthusiasts at the Royal Bath & West Showground.
This year the show took place on 28 and 29 January and, as it was celebrating 100 years of Fords and Fordsons, Bob Gallop, Nick Norman and Ben Willcox took along T H WHITE’s 1917 Fordson F (normally housed at our Frome branch) for entry into the Veteran (pre-1939) Class. They were naturally delighted when our tractor won 1st prize!
The show is always a great event for enthusiasts of vintage and classic tractors; this year 230 tractors were displayed ranging from early models, built from about 1920, up to the latest models in use today. There were many trade stands, and a competition between Lackham College (Wiltshire) and Bicton College (Devon) to see who could rebuild a Ferguson tractor the quickest.
It’s not all about fun and games though, every year the show raises thousands of pounds for charities and good causes, such as Dorset & Somerset, Wiltshire, and Devon Air Ambulances, Dorothy House, and BOAT (Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust) an impressive total of £8,300 was raised over the two days.