Treasure trove of tractors on display

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Words and photos by Colin Smeeton

The threat of rain did not deter either the owners or the great number of visitors from going along to the Arran Heritage Museum on Sunday for another memorable tractor show.

An impressive line-up of lovingly restored vehicles, many of them fine examples of historic rarities, gave judge Jim McMaster a difficult job in deciding the winners in the two classes on show.

The prizes, generously provided by local sponsors, Arran Dairies, The Cooperative, Arran Cheese Shop, Kinloch Hotel, Scottish Fuels, Auchrannie Resort, Arran Haulage, Arran Active, and Lochranza Distillery, ensured that the winners were handsomely rewarded for their efforts, and every entrant received a museum rosette.

The working tractors class was won by Alistair Currie with his Massey Ferguson 390T, runner-up was Amanda Grindall with her Massey Ferguson 35, and third prize went to D McAlister owner of the Massey Ferguson 148 Multi-Power.

In the vintage tractors class D G Weir received the Museum Trophy for his Grey Ferguson TE 20 petrol machine, while the runner-up was Gordon Kinniburgh for his Fordson Super Master. D G Weir also secured the third prize for his Ferguson FE 35.

The annual tractor show was a fitting finale to a long list of special events hosted over the summer by the Arran Heritage Museum who, this year, celebrated their 40th anniversary.

 

First and third place winner in the vintage class, DG Weir, is pictured with another of his vintage tractors, a 1954 petrol powered Massey-Harris Pony 820 which was built in France. 01_B33tractor01

George Dale of Lillielaw Farm, Tarbolton with his immaculately restored 1963 Massey Ferguson 35x.01_B33tractor02

Brothers Andrew and Donald Currie Show off a Massey Ferguson 3080 which is still in regular use spreading and feeding at Bellevue Farm, Blackwaterfoot. 01_B33tractor03

Visitors enjoy a warming drink and lunch under the marquee from Cafe Rosaburn. 01_B33tractor04

Colin Bell of Blackwaterfoot demonstrates a restored 72 year old Lister engine that would of powered agricultural machinery on farms throughout the UK. 01_B33tractor05

Children are momentarily distracted from all of the tractors by a number of ducklings that visited the museum’s gardens. 01_B33tractor06

Margie Currie and Alastair Hendry marvel at the machines on display. 01_B33tractor07

Arran farmers enjoy a chat while inspecting Gordon Kinniburgh’s Fordson Super Master which took second place in the vintage category and runner up to best in show at the Arran Show. 01_B33tractor08

Visitors browse the collection of tractors from modern examples through to vintage machines. 01_B33tractor09

Visitors had the opportunity to speak to the owners of the tractors to learn about the history of the various machines.  01_B33tractor10