Classic tractors on show at Spring Festival

8 May 2013

Vintage machinery enthusiasts will find plenty to interest them among the record number of 234 entries of old tractors, stationary engines and other equipment at the 2013 Royal Welsh Spring Festival. Lovingly restored examples of classic tractors and machines that once led the transformation of agriculture from horse power to today’s modern technology, will be on public view for the two days of the Festival over the weekend of May 18 and 19 on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.

An important part of the rural heritage, these old machines have been restored and maintained by owners and collectors who enjoy a hobby of worldwide interest.
Vintage machinery was introduced at the Festival in 2004 when 83 entries were on display.  Such is its attraction that entries this year have reached a record level.  They include classic cars, lorries, motorbikes and bicycles, over 40 working engines and 98 tractors, 21 of them on the Ferguson stand.  There will also be a display of old gardening equipment and tools.

For the first time classic caravans will also be exhibited at the event.  Fourteen caravans from the Period & Classic Caravan Club dating from as early as the 1940s will be on view.  The club was formed in 1982 to further the appreciation, restoration and use of pre-1980 caravans.  The club can provide advice on the restoration of old caravans, help in locating parts and materials, and assistance in identifying, dating and tracing the background of old caravans.

Visitors to the vintage section of the Festival will also be able to watch demonstrations by the Daffodil Tractor Rebuild Team, see a threshing display and also an apple juice press in operation.

Weather permitting, a parade of vintage machinery will take place at 4.00pm in the main ring (cattle ring) on the showground on both days of the Festival.