Road run near Crediton saw 20 tractor enthusiasts take part
Ian White from Bow with his 1913 Hornsby Portable lamp start paraffin engine originally sold by Henry Norrington of Exeter that year, later sold by the same firm to the Bennett family in West Devon. Mr White said it had not run for at least 60 years and was extensively restored in 2015 to the beautiful piece of machinery it is now. SR 8244
Organised by Mid Devon Tractor, Engine and Machinery Group, the day welcomed a group from the Teign Valley and area whose road run was to Morchard Road to meet up with MDTEMG members and friends for lunch, then return.
Almost 20 tractors from this area took part, the oldest that day probably being pre-World War Two, all going on the 12-mile run before lunch. There was also a small display of stationary engines.
The club will be 35-years-old this month and part of the celebrations will be the launch of its website.
There is to be one of its monthly meetings on Wednesday, October 18 at the Memorial Hall, Morchard Bishop when Dr Todd Gray, historian of Devon, will be speaking on “Agriculture in Devon 1550-1650”. There will also be a little celebration.
Club secretary, Michael Coleman, thanked the Bruce family for allowing the Group to use their Morchard Road site again.
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