Tractor show at museum draws in the crowds

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The annual tractor show at the Arran Heritage Museum provided visitors and farmers with the opportunity to admire some of the latest, and oldest, agricultural vehicles that can be seen on Arran – some of them still in regular use.

Taking visitors on a tour through the ages, and technical advances in tractor technology, visitors were treated to an array of machines dating from pre-war times to modern.

On display too was the collection of DG Weir who exhibited five of his fleet of tractors, including his Ferguson FE-35 which won best in its class and runner up to best in show at the Arran Farmers’ Society show last week.

The FE-35 dates back to 1956 and is the first one that DG Weir lovingly and painstakingly restored over five years ago. An aficionado with an encyclopaedic knowledge of  tractors, DG has restored numerous tractors and is working on another five which are in various stages of refurbishment.

Receiving a huge amount of attention, a rare International 634 -which won best in show at the Arran Farmers’ Society show – was also on display and owing to its dual sets of oversized wheels, attracted the interest of children who scaled the behemoth to sit in the drivers seat.

Also attracting the interest of children and adults alike, Alan Nicol, displayed his full collection of die-cast miniature tractors that spanned through the ages and were almost as popular as the real vehicles themselves.

The afternoon was a delight for children who could climb atop the tractors or play in the garden while parents and visitors enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Rosaburn cafe or tried their hand at the tombola.

The tractor show is the penultimate event on the Heritage Museum’s calendar of special summer events, with the MG sports car show taking place on Saturday September 15.

 

DG Weir with his restored Ferguson FE-35 which recently won the best in class and runner up to best in show at the Arran Farmers’ Society show. 01_B32tractor01

Alan Nicol with his rare and collectable collection of die-cast tractors and agricultural vehicles.  01_B32tractor02

Tombola time, children receive consolation prizes by selecting a treat from the sweetie tin. 01_B32tractor03

Four year old John and dad Brian Donlin inspect a rare International 634 tractor. 01_B32tractor04

An array of modern and vintage tractors line the lawn during the tractor show. 01_B32tractor05

Permanent exhibit Tommy’s tractor fitted right in with the other tractors on display. 01_B32tractor08