Chris Graham reports from this year’s Rural Past Times show; an event that just keeps getting better and better!
The 11th Rural Past Times Vintage Working Weekend took place on August 12th-13th at Horns Cross, in East Sussex, and seemed bigger and more successful than ever. Organiser Jonathan Playfoot, together with his dedicated and hard-working team, must be delighted with how things went at the event, which is developing into a real family attraction.
There were 106 assorted tractor exhibits listed in the free show programme but, judging by the number of additional machines I saw parked around the show ground – and parading in the main arena – there were many more than that in attendance.
The mid-morning tractor display in the ring was certainly an impressive sight, both in terms of the number of machines the organisers managed to get into the arena, and the precision with which they were all marshalled and parked. As always, Bernard Pike was on the microphone, providing his own unique style of entertaining, informative and amusing commentary.
This show certainly offers plenty to keep visitors of all ages happy and engaged, whether your passion is for tractors, classic cars, motorcycles, military vehicles, historic commercials, traction engines, horticulture or traditional crafts. At the gentler end of the scale, there was also plenty to interest lovers of heavy horses, dogs and birds of prey. But, despite all the fascinating attractions, it was the tractors that occupied my attention, and here are some photographs of what I spotted at this highly recommended event.
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