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spudfan



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Tractors. tractors, tractors....

Today was the annual local tractor run. This is where people gather in a group and drive a lot of tractors over a route to raise money for charity. This year it was for cancer care.
There was well over a hundred tractors involved. They ranged from the high tech stuff to restored vintage. I tagged along behind in the series 111. No one objects as after all in it's day the series 111 was a glorified snazzy tractor. Today however tractors are a lot more snazzy and glorified than the series 111 ever was.
Anyway being June 2 it was a brisk morning. There was a bit of a wind, a little on the cool side and er, well, you guessed it...it rained. The people I felt sorry for were those driving the tractors that had no cabs. At least the series 111. has a cab and a heater.
Progress was leisurely. Sometimes when we came to a flat stretch with a bend I could see the convoy stretching for miles ahead. Sure there was a little disruption, there were some fumes but it was all in a worthy cause. Every so often the convoy was broken and sections stopped to let traffic by. Lots of onlookers and supporters at various places along the route. One crowd of children had a cardboard banner saying "Go Grandad Go". He was probably one of the hardy ones driving without a cab.
Of female entrants, yes there were a few (I think). Before it kicked off I was sitting on the bumper of the series 111 taking in the ambience (there is a lot of ambience from a hundred or more tractors) when a couple of females (not 100% sure about this) passed by and waved to me. Normally one would be flattered if two passing females waved in one's direction. Now these are the type of women who if you broke down in the middle of nowhere you would be delighted to see coming over the horizon. One could have happily lifted your Defender up by the front bumper while the other removed your wheel complete with 235/85/16 tyre with one hand while holding a can of Guinness in the other WITHOUT spilling a drop of it's precious contents.
Anyway good "craic" as we say over here and I had no difficulty in keeping up with the tractors.
Unfortunately owing to a recent stomach bug attack (mentioned in another post) and still not 100% I was unable to stay for the entire trip.. or attend the after tractor run dance. Probably just as well with the aforementioned two "females" on the prowl.
Roll on next year. 1982 88" 2.25 diesel
1992 110 200tdi csw -Zikali
2008 110 2.4 tdci csw-Zulu
2011 110 2.4 tdci csw-Masai

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MaxRPM



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You can't beat a good tractor run, great atmosphere and much nostalgia. This is me on one of mine earlier this year.


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The MF135 looks really nice. I went to look at a MF35X and a Grey/Gold FE35 last weekend but the guy was wanting megabucks for them. When I first started collecting vintage tractors in the 1980"s they were as cheap as chips but alas not anymore. I've just been offered a Nuffield 344 for peanuts though, which I'm planning to use as a yard tractor if I can sort out the hydraulics. Santorini 90XS SW
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I remember seeing one video of a tractor convoy on youtube, which turned out to be the funniest thing I ever saw, a good number of them convoying down, then one lad with a either a V8 or a Cosworth powered one, comings flying down the road, you think its some sort of tuned car, when you hear it 1st, then the camera clocks the tractor giving it some. Very funny it was at the time, as you don't expect it lol. Defender TD5 90 ---/--- Peugeot 306 HDI hatch back

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Rashers



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Going off subject a bit, but this is worth a gander:



Luke Furse Ford 7700 with a V8 engine from a Class Dominator combine harvester transplanted into it Thumbs Up

There is an annual ladies tractor run in Norfolk (or at least there was?). It in aid of breast cancer research.

I love to see the new high powered tractors and equipment, but I would rather watch a 135 or a 35 or a little grey Harry Fergusson special doing it's thing.

One day I will own a Dexta or perhaps a Muir Hill depending on the lottery win Very Happy

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Joe the Plumber



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I bought a 1946 Fordson E27N petrol/paraffin (TVO) in 1984. It cost me £100. I couldn't afford a steam roller, so the tractor had to do!

I sold it in 1986, for £300 I think, a nice profit. I expect it might be worth a few quid more today....

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discomog



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A friend of mine has just paid £3950 plus VAT for a petrol/paraffin. Prices for vintage tractors have been rising recently. Santorini 90XS SW
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Rashers



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Certain marques and models make good money but if you don't have your heart set on something fully restored or a MF135 (which seem to make astronomical figures when restored), you can still pick tractors up at auctions at very reasonable money.

I think there are a lot of people who have ploughed shed loads of money into restoring their pride and joy and are just delusional as to what their tractor is actually worth. Plenty of these can be seen at the auctions not making their reserve.

Standard Grey Fergies are still quite cheap and this is because there is a plentiful supply as these were and have been very collectable over the years. I would love one Thumbs Up

The tractors that I am always surprised by are the 70's/80's two wheel drive tractors which make silly money at auction. I'm not sure that this is because they are being picked up by collectors, or they are really useful sized tractors which the main manufacturers have ignored, instead favouring more complex highly powered four wheel drive models.

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70/80's 2wd tractors are very popular with the horsey set as they are a very useful and useable yard tractor. Front loader with a hay spike for handling large round and large square bales of hay and hydraulics and pto for pasture topping and emptying their muck trailers. Santorini 90XS SW
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Rashers



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That explains it Thumbs Up Plenty of the horsey set round here in Norfolk Very Happy

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We asked if we could join in with our Series Landrovers on the tractor run December this year.

The day before we are literally bolting my wings back on and floor in place etc after some work we were doing 😀

60 odd miles down loads of Cheshire lanes 😀

Great fun

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Now we’re getting somewhere...

Sure, I like a Defender, but tractors are where it’s at Thumbs Up

Here’s my current ‘project’:



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Rashers



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I like that Thumbs Up

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Awesome machine. Thumbs Up Made In GB. 🇬🇧

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spudfan



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Now that's a day out. Thumbs Up 1982 88" 2.25 diesel
1992 110 200tdi csw -Zikali
2008 110 2.4 tdci csw-Zulu
2011 110 2.4 tdci csw-Masai

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