Excellent conditions for 51st Steam and Transport festival

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RIGHT: A very rare, indeed possibly unique, portable thresher made by James Crichton of Lonmay, Scotland. This thresher, unusually, has its own internal combustion engine driving the drums, etc.

The Ulster Festival of Steam & Transport is celebrating its 51st anniversary this year.

Conditions at Ballee are excellent and the 2018 event has something for all the family. In addition to a range of steam engines which will demonstrate their abilities, there will be a large range of vintage and classic tractors exhibited and again, returning by popular demand, will be the Dancing Tractors tough with a new twist – but you have to come along to see the surprise.

LEFT: 1960 MGA recently restored and making its first rally appearance at Ballee.

Hugo Duncan will broadcast his Radio Ulster Show live from the Rally Field from 1pm-3pm on the opening day, Friday, July 20.

Zetor Tractors is this year’s theme and as well as an exhibition of Zetors there is an article about the first Zetors in Northern Ireland in the free souvenir programme.

This year organisers have built upon the successful Competitive and Classic Tractor Pulling with competitors from Scotland and the ROI taking part at Ballee. This was extremely popular last year despite poor conditions and a lot of work, and fantastic weather, means that the Tractor Pulling Arena is in a first class state.

New for 2018 is Lawn Mower Racing. The modified ride on mowers have their governors and cutting blades removed and are really worth seeing. Work has been going on to prepare a race course specially for these machines!

There is a great entry of vintage and classic cars booked in for 2018 and it is always interesting to see these fine motors being exhibited. There will also be a great display of vintage and classic commercials and motorcycles.

A good turn out of stationary engines is expected, making their interesting putts and bangs, very early examples of internal combustion engines.

There will, of course, be children’s activities, a craft stall, trade stands, Animal Farm and food and ice cream vendors on site along with entertainment and lots to see and do.

SALOON: 1920 770cc BSA Model A and a 1927 De Dion Bouton Type IW fabric bodied saloon.

Admission is £10 adults and £7 concession, with children free. For further details visit website www.ulstersteam.co.uk, Facebook page www.facebook.com/UlsterSteam/ or email ulstersteam@gmail.com

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