68th National Ploughing Championships 2018 Results
Held at Atherstone, 13th and 14th October.
The weather was unkind with high wind and some rain on Saturday, the rain stopped in late morning but the wind kept blowing and we had to give up trying to erect the Club marquee. By afternoon the sun shone and it turned pleasantly warm even though the wind persisted and we had a good look round. I was particularly taken with the Foden steam tractor coupled to a Ransome trailer plough and also by the double drum Howard 8 hp built around 1876 that was demonstrating ‘windlass’ ploughing, you don’t see one of these working very often. There were some interesting tractors on the stand especially Ben Hassel’s imposing and practically unique County HSH 140 that was originally exported to Africa where it languished for many years on the dock side before working in Zimbabwe. David Suttons Howard trencher fitted to a Ford 5000 on rotor pads also drew a steady throng of observers throughout the weeken; these combinations were quite a common sight on Majors but more unusual on the later Fords.
The Club’s ploughmen had all qualified at earlier events but unfortunately mainly due to mechanical problems three were unable to attend. They were due to perform on Sunday that turned out to be both cold and wet but nevertheless I thought they made a splendid job in adverse conditions.
The results were:
Champion: Stephen Jones - Ford 4100 and Ransome TS 59 plough
Second: John Lewis - Fordson Dexta and Ransome TS 59
Third: Terence Stinson - Ford 3000 and Ransome TS 59
Steven Jones and John Lewis, Club Champion and runner up....ploughing away.
Well Done Guy's
Stephen’s 4100 was the only tractor fitted with a cab and I expect he was pleased about having some protection. I must say I liked John Snape’s E27N and TD 59 outfit and felt for Harry Williams with his lovely P6 powered N and RSLD 9 combination as his plough’s lift mechanism failed and he was forced to wind it out after each run that made for hard work in unfavourable conditions. It was the sort of day that sorts the men from the boys and they all passed with flying colours. Our thanks to ploughman’s wife Michelle Partridge and Raymond Govier, who had tractor trouble and was unable to plough for acting as Club Stewards.
We had trouble leaving site on the Monday as there had been more rain overnight and it continued damp in the morning. Sue and I were grateful for the help given to us by one of the ploughman Rob Laybourn, who had been ploughing in class 2 on Saturday, he came over with his International and Kverneland plough and not only helped us all hook up but towed us getting on for a mile to the road, complete with loaded lorry and caravan
FFA Northern Area Championships
The Northern FFA ploughing match, Roger Ingham reports:
Held Sunday 11th of November on a site kindly provided by the landowner Mr. Peter Zeigler and hosted by Scarcroft and District Ploughing Society to which we are deeply indebted for their kindness and help on staging this year's championship.
Overnight rain made the site a bit clarty but undaunted the hardy ploughmen turned up in droves to make it a great day. Soon everyone was at their plots and the match commenced. This year I was judging along with a few other fine characters. As the day rolled on, we found an amazing difference in the quality of the plots; looking at it from both ends one end looked good whilst the other end showed lots of faults; this is the reason for two judges one at either end making the scorecards tally up to produce a fair result.
The rain kept showering making it a bit sticky to both plough and walk on but by 2pm the match was over, bringing the day to a damp close. Soon the ploughmen were sliding and slithering out of the field on their way home.
Results for the FFA champions were
Trailed Champion - Chris Donaldson
Vintage Mounted - John Lewis
Classic - Antony Boldan
Well Done !! Antony arms full of trophies.....Overall Champion - Antony Boldan