Mechanised marvels on display at tractor show

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Dozens of vintage and modern tractors filled the gardens at the Arran Heritage Museum’s annual tractor show last Sunday.

The occasional downpours throughout the day did not deter exhibitors, enthusiasts and inquisitive visitors who flocked to see the wide range of machines on display. Ranging from an American-built Allis Chalmers, built between 1944 and 1950, to large modern day John Deere machines fitted with modern conveniences, the display demonstrated the advancement and capabilities of these mechanised marvels.

It was the second major tractor show of the week as many had been at the farmers’ show the previous Wednesday.

Many of the machines on display have been retired owing to their age, however some are still in daily use, undertaking work across fields and farms across Arran. One pink 1975 International 674 in particular stood out, not only for its unusual colour scheme but also because it is still in everyday use processing wood for McKenzie Logs, an epithet that earned it first place in the working tractor category.

Another local tractor, a Massey Ferguson 20B, part of a fleet owned by tractor enthusiast DG Weir, impressed the judges, winning the vintage confined and vintage open categories.

A museum spokesman thanked all of the exhibitors and visitors for attending the show which has become a regular feature on the museums itinerary of summer events.

A full list of the winners was as follows: Working Tractors: 1 McKenzie Logs, International 674, 2 Robert Miller, John Deere 6120R. Vintage, confined: DG Weir, Massey Ferguson 20B, 2 Angus MacAlister, Massey Ferguson 165. Vintage open: DG Weir, Massey Ferguson 20B, 2 Billy Weir, Ford Dexta.

A post-war Allis Chalmers has been restored by owner Rosie Craig of Lamlash over a period of two years.
Alastair McKenzie with his 1975 International tractor that took first place in the working tractor category.