Vintage tractors go on show at Royal Welsh Festival Enthusiasts throughout Wales are safeguarding an important part of the rural heritage by restoring and maintaining vintage farm machinery. Modern complex machines have long since superseded old technology and tractors and equipment once familiar in the countryside have disappeared completely from the land.

The Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival provides an opportunity to see and admire some of the vintage and classic tractors and equipment that once played a key part in the modernisation of agriculture as the industry progressed from the age of the horse. Vintage machines of all descriptions will be on view, many of them in full working order as they provide their owners and collectors with the pleasure and enjoyment of a hobby of world-wide interest.

The vintage display at the Festival is held in association with the Radnor Valley Vintage Club one of many such clubs that are thriving up and down the country.

The Radnor Club was formed in 1986 and has over 50 members whose interests span tractors and ploughing, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, vintage stationary engines, cider-making equipment, old-fashioned horse drawn carts and drays and many other items.

More than 80 tractors, 35 stationary engines and two mini steam engines will be on display at the Festival including an immaculately turned out Doe Triple D, the forerunner of the 4 wheel drive tractors of today.

2 “The Triple D consists of two Fordson tractors joined in tandem and they were used for ploughing and other field operations on big farms in the eastern counties,” said John Nixon, the Chief Steward of the vintage section. “To buy one today would cost up to £80,000 depending on condition.

“The tractors on view at the Festival will include some dating back to the 1920s and when paraded together in the ring they are a tremendous spectacle. The stationary engines also attract a lot of interest and the owners will be present to answer questions and explain how they work.”

The vintage machinery display will be staged throughout the two days of the Festival on the Royal Welsh showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on May 15 and 16 and a vintage parade is scheduled for both days. This will take place – subject to weather and ground conditions – in the main ring.

An auction of vintage memorabilia including classic tractors, engines, implements, literature and other collectibles, will also be held at the Festival on the opening day of the two-day event, Saturday May 15, beginning at 11.00am.

There will also be an auction of poultry and farm equipment on the following day, Sunday May 16. This will take place in the NSA Pavilion on the showground at 11.30am.