We was very kindly invited to a 50th birthday party that had a pull not a twist to it. We are in North Derbyshire at a farm that has got a wonderful camp site, check out the Facebook page..link.. FiveAcresFarm
The wobble box hasn't turned a wheel, not even an inch over the last two years it was great to get it back out on the road, giving it a good run up to Ashbourne then a magical mystery tour around the lanes towards Wardle. After a while I shouted at Phil to stop, just after driving past a hotel.... the Monsal Head Hotel & Stable Bar.... the land to our left dropped away into a very impressive valley with a railway viaduct. Phil stopped an I went to have a look. The Monsal Dale-Headstone Viaduct that leads out from a very impressive tunnel on the left.
The Headstone tunnel 533 yards long.
We will have to take a look next time we are in the area.
This photo found on Google.
A map of the trail.
All except for this bugger, whose cockle doodle doo's in the morning.... I'm not complaining, it's great to hear the sounds of the countryside then the constant rumble from the M5 and all the local delivery lorries driving past the yard in Oldbury.
A local chap came down to the farm with his classic Scammell Highwayman in its original livery, that used to be based in Sheffield.
Now I have taken the Micky out of Scania's and I will state I don't like them, well the modern shape of them, but this shape I do like an so duz Phil. So seeing this was a jaw dropper... I love it!
What a beast! A Peterbilt with a Cummins engine.
an what a paint job, clearer pictures below......
Stephen was very busy dragging one of the two guest plowing engines off the low loader, more about the engines later.
Richard had brought with him a patio heater... a ruddy good one. Chatting with Richard is Phill Parker. Steve Knight joined in the discussion that was about the heater. It runs on waste oil and Steve explained that it works on the same principle of the V1 flying bomb engine.... FACT!
Thanks to Rachel Knight and Kate Seabridge for nipping out to the chip shop, having mine next to Thunderstruck Competition puller.
Fully stodged I had to relax for a while on the very comfy settee.
A great night followed chatting about things, having a laugh about old times.
We had a change of crowd when Stephens friends arrived.
The chap on the far right had us laughing with his stories of the cars he used to own and lorries he used to drive, no brakes, no clutch and dodgy lights. Richards tucked into and emptied the BIG tub of popcorn, the conservation went into the early hours, a fantastic night.
Friday morning after a smoked bacon butty an mug of tea made by Phil, it was up the field to the freshly made tractor pulling track.
Stephen had the right machine to do the job.
A roller was required so one was shipped in from Ireland that morning, no joke it came in on a back of a lorry, off the ferry that very morning.
Air cooled Lister if I not mistaken.
Charlie Parker having ago.
A low loader turned up.... International Paystar 5000. Impressive Lorry or should I say in this case... Truck. The owner is a keen collector of Internationals, the two tractors that were on the back.... well I think you can guess what make.....
Another lorry that took my eye was this Leyland Landtrain, same lorry that is used by Steve Murty for his wheelie Truck.
Look at the length of it! Phil has got a liking for this make of Leyland,
he would be tempted to buy this if it ever came up for sale.....
Getting back to the farm these wonderful engines were being oiled up ready to be fired. These are an original pair of ploughing engines.
John Fowler & Co. of Leeds, Type: Ploughing Engine Number: 15441
John Fowler & Co. of Leeds, Type: Ploughing Engine Number: 15442
Another competition puller "On The Limit" arrived, 2 supercharged Chevrolet V8's producing in excess of 3500hp, Owned by Mark Pacey an driven by Ellie Pacey.
When the sun disappeared over the horizon the pulling started. Plus if you see in the back ground the ploughing engines had run up to the field.
Ian Fletcher 'Fletch' from the Yorkshire pullers had turned up.
Charlie Parker all lit up.
Then Stephen pulled in with Thunderstorm.
Oh hear it roar!!!
Back to the farm where Ellie was running up 'On The Limit.'
'The Five Acres Farm Charity Vintage and Classic Tractor Run.'
We stood and watched them leave the field for a run round Darbyshire.
The two photos below are from the The Five Acres Farm Charity Vintage and Classic Tractor Run Facebook page...
The last tractor... I took this photo.
After that I had something to eat and as it was all nice and quiet I relaxed for a while in the seat of Thunderstruck... and had a snooze.
Later on, a wash and a brush up, a change of shirt, I was ready for the Saturday party night... But first I've got to show you this Mk 2 Escort.
Kitted out with a Sierra Cosworth 16v turbo..... very impressive!
Stephens birthday cake... his birthday was on the following Thursday so he didn't cut the cake that night... shame it looked soooo yummy!
A very nice Draper tool kit came up, Gaffa Spencer who was next to me called back to is mate behind, "you get this one, I'll get the next one!" I jabbed Phil in the ribs an said I'm having that! AND I DID!
I did get a bit carried away with the auction and come away with a couple more things... It was great fun and money is going too a very good cause.
When I went to pay, I had my chance to have my photo taken with Ellie. thank you xx
Ellie very kindly signed one of their posters for me....
I also asked Ellie if it was ok to have a sit on..On the Limit,
She very kindly said yes.
It was a fantastic night, Stephen was too busy circulating around everybody to pin him down for a photo, but I managed to grab one with an old mate that I haven't seen for quite a number of years...
Richard from the North Yorkshire tractor pulling team.
Talking about Team... The Wile-E tractor pulling Team.
As I said before a fantastic night to finish a fantastic weekend, meeting up with friends again from the past and making new friends for the future.
A BIG thank you to Stephen for inviting us and to all that came along to wish him a happy birthday and to support the prostate Cancer UK charity weekend.
Hope to meet you all again soon.... somewhere..... Oz