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The 20th Annual Shropshire Vintage Tractor Run

By Apley Farm Shop, 16 March 2018, 8:48AM

The 20th Annual Shropshire Vintage Tractor Run organised by Bridgnorth Vintage Machinery Club are expecting between 100-150 vintage tractors to take part in their 20th annual tractor run on Sunday 18 March 2018 all in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Once again, they are starting from Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth (TF11 9EF) & passing through the Apley Estate, by kind permission of Lord & Lady Hamilton.  Anyone can come to Apley Farm Shop 8-10am on the day to admire the parade or drop in 3.30-4pm when they return.

The tractor run is only open to tractors, but the club does hold events that cover many different vintage forms of transport.

Organisers added “We could not hold our lunch time stop without the kind help we receive from Bridgnorth Town Council.”

As part of the 100th anniversary of Furrows car dealership in Shrewsbury, Furrows are very kindly sponsoring this event.  In 1918, Furrows only sold agricultural machinery, hence the name furrows (meaning the dip created in a ploughed field).

The Bridgnorth Vintage Machinery Club was formed in 1986, to represent a broad spectrum of vintage machinery including agricultural machinery, motorcars, motorcycles, static engines, steam & more. Their members have a wide range of vehicles from full size steam engines, tractors, lorries, cars, motorcycles, stationary engines & lots of unusual collections from the past.

With over 100 members from all over the West Midlands & Shropshire, they hold social meetings every month & also organise various shows throughout the year. The Trimpley Vintage Rally is their biggest which this year will be held on Sunday 5th August, preceded by an auction of anything vintage on Saturday 4th August. The club enjoys a close working relationship with Bridgnorth Town Council & local land owners which they hope to continue with increasing success year on year.

Their members enjoy displaying to others what they have carefully restored, whilst fundraising for many local charitable organisations. The biggest charity they support is the West Midlands Air Ambulance to whom they’ve donated over £80,000 to date.

This year’s run will be special to organizer David Spruce as he has just got a job with the Midlands Air Ambulance & starts there on the Monday morning after the tractor run.

 

For those who may like to see the tractors on Sunday 18 March, the route is:

Apley Farm Shop leave 10am

Tour of Apley Estate (strictly closed to the public)

Exit Apley Estate by the Hundred House pub, Norton.

Through Sutton Maddock on the way to Coalport

Across the Lloyds to Free Bridge @ Ironbridge

Broseley

Turn to Coalport (by Co-op)

Turn onto Old Railway Line (above Woodbridge Pub) 

Arriving in Bridgnorth via Bridgnorth Golf Club

Bridgnorth High Street 12.30pm

Leave Bridgnorth High Street approx 2pm via Whitburn Street

Low Town

A442 to Telford

Further tour of Apley Estate (strictly closed to public)

Back to Apley Farm Shop approx 3.30pm

 

Anybody with a vintage tractor that might like to take part can get an entry form by emailing davidrspruce@gmail.com

 

For more details, contact www.apleyfarmshop.co.uk/tractor-rally or call 07739 320 314.