My last Tractor Show of 2015 was a trip to Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show at Newark Show ground. The show was recommend to me by someone at the Tractor World show earlier in the year. The show is just as big if not bigger! The sheds were packed with tractors and provided more than enough subjects for the sketchbook.
1949 Newman WD2
This beautiful Newman in original condition has just been revived after spending 20 years in a family hedge on the Somerset Devon boarder. Built between 1948 and 49 the WD2 was built in Grantham, Lincolnshire, as a cheap tractor for smallholdings with the aim of increasing food production after the war. Around 50 examples of this mark are known to exist worldwide and so to see this and a handful of other examples on display at Newark was a real rarity.
Single Cylinder Diesel Engine
An extra water pump has been fitted to this example, run by a belt off of the main shaft to increase the water circulation to aid cooling.
1967 Eicher Puma Mk2
I love the lengths that the germans went to styling their machines in the 60s. The styling even goes through to their tractors. This Eicher Puma is a great example with it great lines and incorporated headlights.
'PANIC' Mini Puller
Whilst sketching the Eicher the weather cleared up and I could hear a rather loud engine being fired up. This reminded me that there were some Tractor Pullers on display, so I made this my next stop. I wasn't dissaponited as I came across a pair of mini pullers owned by a father and son team. My choice was the smaller of the two 'PANIC', mainly because of the pipe layout. This particular puller can pull 12 tons over 100m in 25 seconds using a 7.5 litre tuned 850bhp V8 engine. The bigger mini puller 'RELOADED' had a supercharged 9.5 litre V8 producing 2000bhp and could pull 15 tons over 100m in 20 seconds!
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Massey Ferguson MH 780 Combine
Whilst the weather healed out I thought I'd take advantage and sketch one of the great combine harvesters on display. These machines are never made in huge numbers as they are built for a specific purpose unlike a tractor which is used in many ways. There's always great details on these machines and the front is very complicated.
1960 Trusty 'Steed'
1959 Rollo 'Croftmaster'
1948 O.T.A. Mk1 Rowcrop
1956 International Harvester BTD 6
Ford 5000 Crawler
1955 Singer Mk4 Monarch