Founded in 1982 the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club is now in it's thirty fourth year and boasts a superb following of over 300 members. The Club’s aim is to foster the preservation of Vintage Machinery in Ayrshire. The Club holds two Road Runs, an Easter Road Run (April) and a Harvest Road Run (August) in each year. In recent years the Easter Road Run had a fantastic entry of one hundred and fourteen tractors.
The Club holds a huge Rally each year which is hosted by Craig Wilson Ltd at Whitefordhill, Ayr.
There are seven winter evening meetings from October to April which are held within the Gailes Hotel, Irvine. These meetings are very popular with up to one hundred and fifty members in attendance. Most winter’s average is one hundred and twenty at each meeting. New members are always welcome click the link below to apply.
There is a Club Newsletter, which has a circulation of around three hundred and fifty, some of which are sent as far afield as France, Holland, America, Australia and New Zealand.
The concept of Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club emerged from a conversation between John Caldwell (Moorfield, Kilmarnock) and Will Howie (Seldom Inn, Monkton). John’s interest in vintage tractors had been inspired by visits to John Moffitt's Hunday Museum in Northumberland. He also got to know vintage enthusiasts in the Norfolk area through his daughter and her husband living there.
Eventually, John bought a Marshall M from Doug Walker, a Fordson N from Jerry Sandells both in Norfolk and a Ferguson Brown from Roy Haylock in Suffolk. In 1981 Will Howie saw the Fordson at Moorfieid and decided he would like to buy it. Whilst talking over the deal, John suggested to Will that a Vintage Tractor Club should be formed in Ayrshire. Will's reply was "Well that would be fine, but none of us is very good with the pen"! John’s response was that he knew of a lawyer who had just become the owner of a Fordson N and who might just ‘fit the bill’ as far as that was concerned. The lawyer’s name was John Dale.
On 2nd May 1982, an exploratory meeting, attended by around thirty people and chaired by John Caldwell, was held in the Howard Park Hotel, Kilmarnock. The outcome of the meeting was unanimous agreement that The Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club should be founded.
The Committee were then charged with the task of framing a Club Constitution and investigating the feasibility of holding a Rally, later that summer. During a Committee Meeting at Moorfield Farm on 25th May 1982, a field at Annandale was inspected as a possible Rally site and a full meeting was fixed for the 15th of June 1982 at the Halfway Hotel, Symington Ayrshire. At that Meeting, Office Bearers and Committee were confirmed and The Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club was constituted. It was also agreed that the Club’s Inaugural Rally would be held at Annandale on 22nd August 1982. The speaker at the first ever winter meeting of the Club in the Halfway Hotel on 4th October 1982 would be George Wisener. The rest, as they say, is history!
The Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club host a number of fantastic events throughout the year from the Annual Vintage Rally hosted by Craig Wilson Ltd at Whitefordhill, Ayr to our magnificent Road Runs. Our winter meetings are held the first Monday in each month, October to April in the Gailes Hotel, Irvine at 7:30pm. We also hold a Ploughing Day in October. Keep checking our website for information on forthcoming events.
It takes a dedicated team to run Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club.
You can find further information about AVTMC in our monthly Newsletter.
Please contact our Editor, Russell McNab for details.
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