HERE IS A LITTLE HISTORY
It all started in the early 1970s. A small group of local farmers were sitting in the pub talking about old tractors and farming machinery that they had used in the past and how different it was to the present day.
A lot of this old machinery at the end of its life, was just left in the back of the barn or out of the way in the dark depths of the farm yard. It was decided after several more pints to dig out the old gear and restore it back to working order, so, over the next few months and when time permitted, the tyres were pumped up and the old machines were brought out of retirement.
The use of a local field was obtained, and the date set for what they all thought would be just a few people playing on their old tractors and machinery. However, somehow word got out, and quite a few people turned up to watch the events of the day.
It was around this time that the vintage movement, as we know it today, was starting to get off the ground, and it was decided to hold a rally of our own and the Northumberland Vintage Tractor Club was born. It has grown over the years to become the success it is today
As well as holding a rally , we also have a good schedule of meetings throughout the year and sometimes drag the old ploughs out of the nettles and have a fun day ploughing the fields. Also held is a small road run in and around Northumberland to blow the cobwebs off the old tractors (and their drivers).
Dear friends, followers and supporters.
It is with a heavy heart that given the ongoing situation with Covid-19 We have decided, reluctantly, to cancel the 2021 Northumberland Vintage tractor Rally that was planned to take place in October.
As with all events they are planned well in advance of the actual event taking place with restrictions still in place altho under review there is still a lot of uncertainty going forward
The latest advice can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
It has never been so important to find ways to support those in agriculture, food production and logistics and we offer our deep respect and gratitude to so many of our friends and partners involved in these essential industries at this time.
We would like to thank all of our Members, Traders and the general public who have Supported and continue to support us over the years and are humbled by their generous support and understanding.
Thank you for your patience and continued support; we will work through this together, as always.
We hope you all stay safe and well at this anxious time and see you all in 2022