First Fordson Rally

| March/April 1982

Fordson tractor Rally

Fordson Tractor Club, 250 Robinson Road, Cave Junction, Oregon 97523

This past fall I attended the first annual Fordson tractor 'rally' which was held at Spittal Moor Farm, Bothamsall, Nottingham, England, October 10,11,1981. While I was the only American in attendance, other countries represented were Scotland, Ireland, Wales and of course, England.

This Fordson Magazine-sponsored reunion event was held in conjunction with the 'Notts Group' of the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club of Great Britain.

Held on a very large farm cleared from what was once part of Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood fame, this two-day 'meet' (with an extra day at each end to set up and tear down) was a huge spectacle of over 110 vintage (antique) tractors, including 60 Fordsons, and the others of American, French, German, and Italian make; 147 'barn' engines (like the small ones we exhibit in America) many of which most Americans have never heard of were really fascinating. A large variety of steam traction engines (steam tractors); combining and threshing exhibits were held daily. Included also were ploughing (plowing) matches; a carnival; flea market; commercial exhibits; Saturday night square dance and American barbecue, and much, much more!

The Fordson Pavilion, with space for 50 entries, contained 42 Fordson entrants who braved the very cold weather, some having been driven over the winding English roads from as far as 100 kilometers away.

As in America, many brought caravans (travel trailers), motor-homes and tents to 'camp out' for the four days.