One for the record books at Newby Hall’s vintage tractor fair

NARG. Ernie Drinkall perches next to his McCormick International tractor at Newby Hall. 110613ARpic13.

NARG. Ernie Drinkall perches next to his McCormick International tractor at Newby Hall. 110613ARpic13.

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The weather smiled on Newby Hall as vintage tractor enthusiasts paraded their vehicles.

The Yorkshire Vintage Association (YVA) held their sixth annual rally at the historic home over Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

Enthusiasts came from all as far afield as Germany, the Netherlands, Cornwall, Wales and Scotland to show off their vintage tractors with special exhibitions of international tractors, stationary engines, cars and lorries.

The weather smiled on the first half of the rally with exhibitors and visitors enjoying sunshine and warm temperatures before the clouds broke and drenched the crowds on Sunday afternoon.

“It was a super weekend,” said show secretary David Ayres, “Saturday was a smashing day but Sunday just spoiled itself when the rain came on around 1.30, but we were lucky with the weather overall.”

Organisers tried to get the rally a place in the Guinness Book of Records by lining up 25 rare International Titan tractors, built between 1920 and 1945, on the showground.

“To have so many together was certainly a record for this country and we’re waiting to hear if it was a world record too but we think we’ve got it,” said David.

The rally was the fifth time Newby Hall has hosted the YVA, but the first time the event has coincided with National Tractor Day.

Around 5000 people visited Newby to take in almost 1000 exhibitors including 500 tractors, 250 cars and commercial vehicles, 150 stationary engines and around 25 working exhibitions and a parade of 30 “Iron Wheeler” tractors from the American prairies.

The highlight of the weekend was the “Old Threshermen’s Reunion”, tea and cakes for the exhibitors, which organisers put on instead giving out traditional commemorative brass plaques.