Modern vs vintage 20-mile tractor run in aid of flood-hit farmers

OLD versus new will be lining up in Glamorgan this Sunday (March 9) to raise funds for flood-hit farmers.

The mightiest of modern tractors will line up against their vintage counterparts when the county’s NFU members put the wheels in motion in support of fellow farmers on the Somerset Levels.

The suggestion to hold a fund-raising tractor run came from Glamorgan Iron Horse Vintage Society member, Richard Rees and arable farmer, Richard Anthony, and around 150 tractors are expected to take to the coast road around Ogmore and Marcross, with each driver paying £10 to enter.

Mr Rees said the plight of the farmers in Somerset was very much on the minds of the local community and it was hoped to raise around £5,000 from entry fees, a raffle and sponsorship.

“We have had some very generous pledges from local agricultural suppliers and tractor companies,” he added.

The 20-mile run will start from and end at Mr Anthony’s farm at Pentre Hwnt, Llampha, and the line-up will include two extreme examples of tractors spanning the generations – a Case Quadtrac 600hp and a 1920s Standard Fordson.

Tractors will leave Pentre Hwnt at 10am and stop en-route for a hot meal at Llandow Circuit provided by farmer’s daughter, Cath Jones.

For further information contact, Richard Rees: 07796 330089 or Richard Anthony: 07970 820152.

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