One of the country’s largest annual gatherings of classic and vintage tractors is this year marking the 175th anniversary of the founding of the roots of Case IH.
Planned for display at the Royal Norfolk Showground on April 22-23 will be a large line-up of restored, refurbished and original tractors from the Case IH marque and its predecessors.
Organised by a group of East Anglian enthusiasts led by Suffolk collector Roger Desborough, the Eastern Counties Vintage Show, now in its sixth year, traditionally adopts a manufacturer theme for the main element of its tractor display.
This year’s Case IH theme encompasses the products of International Harvester, McCormick, David Brown, Case and Case IH, with representative machines from the veteran, vintage, classic and modern eras.
Mr Desborough says; “We are always searching for a different topic for this event, and we felt Case and International are two marques that have a large following in the UK, and would provide some fascinating displays encompassing machines from the 1920s to the current day.”
“The theme also ties in nicely with the fact that Case IH is this year celebrating the 175th anniversary of the foundation of Case itself.”
Classic tractors planned for display at the event include rare machines such as one of International Harvester’s innovative 2+2 articulated models of the early 1980s, better known in the UK by their ‘Snoopy’ nickname, earned because of the machine’s long bonnet.
Cambridgeshire used machinery dealer SR Haylock plans to display the last McCormick CX tractor to be built at the former IH/Case IH/McCormick Wheatley Hall Road factory in Doncaster, and one of the last of the legendary and long-serving Case IH 1455XL tractors from the Neuss factory in Germany.
In addition, vintage models should include one of the earliest International Harvester tractors, a 1912 Mogul, and one of the first from Case, a 1913 20-40.