Monday, 6 February 2012

Somerset Vintage and Classic Tractor Show 2012

A cold weekend at Shepton Mallet Showground played host to the 10th Aniversary of the Somerset Vintage and Tractor show. I must say the show had a lot of variety on display with over 200 tractors of all types and ages on display, there was a lot to see. With £9900 raised for various charities over the weekend I would say it was a great success, and I will definitely be going back in 2013.

Fuelled this time by some peanut butter sandwiches I attended on the Saturday to seek out some interesting sketching subjects and find out more about these workhorses of the automotive world.

1950 Fordson Major E27N P6
(digitally painted ink sketch)

Currently owned by Matt Bryne from Ditcheat, the tractor was purchased from Gilcombe Farm, Burton. It is now up and running and Matt intends to fully restore it. I personally love it the way it is.

1948 John Deere Model BR
(digitally painted ink sketch)

Originally bought from R. Tincknell & Son in Wells, Somerset. I love these small John Deeres, simple and practical, that's what a tractors is meant to be right?

McCormick International
(digitally painted ink sketch)

Something about the characterful headlights that attracted me to this International Harvester, along with the great curved shape to the back of the tank.

1916 Burford
(digitally painted ink sketch)

According to the information there are only two known examples left. This handsome example is owned by Jason Smith and family from Sparkford. This incredible veteran was sandwiched between two large classic tractors but still managed to attract attention.

Austin Tractor?

WEHR Road Maintainer

1951 Field Marshal Series 3
Owned by David Dawson - Showed by Daniel Taylor
Now sporting it's original green colour after being painted orange in the sixties to make it look like a series 3A.

International Harvester 806

1936 Massey Harris Pacemaker
Bought by Mark James (Keynsham) in 2009 and restored from a "bad" State.

A dirty old ford, not all were there for the show and shine aspect of the show.

Finally I couldn't help but include this.

A fantastic, what I'd call characterful Bristol 403.
I'll let the next picture say the rest.

To Read More about the Show and the entries please visit their website:

I'm back at Shepton Mallet this Coming weekend for the

Bristol Classic Car Show:
The FORD Show & The Great Western Autojumble

A sketch filled report will follow, maybe see you there?

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