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What a glorious day for a new year tractor rally

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

  • Just a few of the tractors that entered the rally, which was the most successful to date.

  • John Slater pilots his Massey Ferguson along the roads of Wendron.

  • James Beard aboard his Massey Ferguson 135.

  • Hannah Coulston is dwarfed by her brother's Case 4230 tractor.

  • David Colwell and sons James and John get ready to climb onboard their Ford 6610.

  • Jadene and Josh Hichens onboard their grandad's Massey Ferguson 35.

  • Dave Lugg, looking rather festive, and daughter Tea with their Zetor 3045 set off for the rally.

  • A Fordson Major leaves the car park at Poldark Mine.

  • This Massey Ferguson T20 driver proves that the tractor rally isn't a male preserve.

  • Bob Eustis drives his Fordson Major along the route.

  • Another vintage tractor leaves the car park at Poldark Mine at the new year rally.

  • One driver recognises one of the many spectators who watched the tractors set off.

  • Derek Toy aboard his Massey Ferguson 35.

  • One passenger plans to keep a photographic record of the rally.

  • Organiser Alan Pascoe leads the tractors out of the car park at Poldark Mine.

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WHAT a difference a day or two makes ....

With 2012 bowing out in much the same way it came in – with storms and rain – the start of 2013 could not have been any worse.

In fact, it turned out to be much better, and a bonus for Alan Pascoe, who organised his 18th annual tractor rally from Poldark Mine car park at Wendron, courtesy of Michael Lawrence.

It attracted nearly 65 vintage tractors, the biggest number to date. And Mr Pascoe had no doubts as to the reason why: "The weather," he said. "2012 was astoundingly wet but for early 2013 we had a glorious day."

Tractors of all shapes and sizes were involved, including what Mr Pascoe believed to be the oldest, an E27N Fordson Major dating from the Forties.

What was also pleasing to him was the number of younger people taking part, including his sons Andrew and Adam.

Andrew drove for the first time, having passed his tractor driving test, and brought some fellow members of the Cornwall Young Farmers' Club with him.

And Mr Pascoe's 15-year-old son Adam was able to exhibit – although not drive – a Leyland 54.

"This year we had a lot of youngsters, some onboard, which will mean it will be a tradition that will carry on in years to come."

Although not strictly speaking a fundraiser the rally, as per tradition, included a collection from drivers, their supporters and families when it stopped at Janet Eathorne's home at Penmarth.

This raised about £160 for motor neurone charities.

Mr Pascoe said the success of this rally made it likely that he would also reinstate a second run, this time for charity, in the summer.

He used to organise the June run in memory of garage owner Brian Pascoe but it has not taken place for the past few years.

"We will hopefully be running it again this summer," said namesake Alan.

He has already pencilled in the weekend around the longest day of the year in June.

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