Enthusiasts gather for Blue Force Tractor Club working day and display

n Noel Crilly from Belleeks in Co Armagh with this very tidy 1164, ploughs a good straight furrow at the Blue Force event to celebrate 90 years of County tractors.

ON the weekend of September 21-22 a special event took place in Lilbourne, Northamptonshire, where the Blue Force Tractor Club held a working day and static display for County and Roadless tractors

This year County celebrates its 90th anniversary while Roadless also celebrates its 100th anniversary.

n This 116 Jewelltrac Roadless belongs to the Cookes of Ballygowan in County Down. The tractor was built as part of an order of Roadless tractors that went to the Falkland Islands and was used by the Wimpey Construction Company on projects after the war. :

Enthusiasts from all over the UK, Ireland and Europe assembled in Lilbourne to see the tractors in action in this two-day event, with ploughing and cultivating being the main theme.

The weather was excellent on Saturday with temperatures reaching 25 degrees and was superb for spectators to see these very popular machines at work in the large demonstration fields.

Sunday was overcast with some rain in the afternoon but the event was very good and well worth the effort of attending.

The Irish County Club members put on a superb show at the event along with the Cooke family from Ballygowan in County Down, who also put on a very good display of Roadless tractors at Lilbourne.

n Joe McBride from Co Armagh with the long nose version of the County 1474 at Lilbourne :

Well done to all those who made the effort to take their tractors across the Irish sea to England and to celebrate these classic 4wd machines and make the two-day event a very memorable occasion.


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