Farming transport heritage to be celebrated at vintage rally

A demonstration at last year's rally.
A demonstration at last year's rally.

Farming heritage will be celebrated next weekend at an annual vintage rally.

The Northumberland Vintage Tractor Club is holding its 38th rally on October 19 and 20 at Brunton Airfield, near Christon Bank.

Vintage tractors.

Vintage tractors.

The theme this year is cultivators, from hand tools, horse-drawn, trailed and mounted cultivator implements and tined and disc cultivators to the up-to-date cultivators brought to the rally by the local dealers and contractors who support the club.

The annual theme allows rally visitors to see not only the tractors from the past but also what jobs they used to do.

Some cultivators have not changed much in principal from 70 years ago, albeit a fair bit bigger and heavier for the modern tractor to pull.

It also gets the implements pulled out of the undergrowth of hedges and nettles or even saves them from getting cashed in for scrap.

The rally promises a great display of tractors, cars, motorbikes, commercial vehicles, Land Rovers, stationary engines, miniature steam engines and a Marshall thresher, which threshes corn and passes it to a 1900s stone mill driven by a Lister CS engine.

This year, there will be more than 70 vintage and classic tractors, a host of vintage and classic cars and motorbikes from as early as 1922 up to 2003.

There will also be trade stalls, a craft marquee and car boot stalls on both days. On the Saturday at noon, a collective vintage auction will be held.