Coombes’s Festive Charity

Tractor Road Run Saturday 28th December 2019 Report and photos by Barry Job

tractor road run. The event was well organised by Dave Coombes on Saturday 28th December and it proved to be very popular. Starting at Chadwell Grange Farm, near Newport, Shropshire, by kind permission of Wilfred Maddocks Ltd, tractors began to arrive at 9:00am. By the start time of 10:30am the yard was full with 120 tractors participating. After the usual safety briefing Dave Coombes lead the tractors away essentially following a clockwise route of back lanes and off-road sections to arrive at the half way stop at Allimore Green courtesy of Dick and Rona Bowler. Dick had a number of tractors from his own collection on the run, giving those enthusiasts without their own machine the opportunity to participate. Suitably refreshed; Dick Bowler took the lead on the second half to continue the clockwise loop to arrive back at Chadwell Grange by early afternoon. The misty start to the morning had quickly cleared to give a dry and reasonably warm day; the 19 mile route avoided not only towns but even villages. It proved to be interesting although the off-road sections were extremely wet and muddy, in places the smaller trailer wheels were under water and hence the trailer occupants ran the risk of wet feet! After a hot lunch of fish and chips or steak pie and chips and ample dessert, the raffle was drawn to bring this excellent event to a close. Thanks must go to all the volunteers who made the event possible. The charity supported is one close to Dave Coombes’s heart; the Newport Lions organise prostate cancer tests, these have been very successful and the road run generated the remarkable sum of just over £2,500 to further their work. Everyone declared that they had enjoyed the day and hoped to do the same again in 2020.


fter the excesses of Christmas people like to get out in the fresh air, whether it is to undertake a mountain walk or go for a dip in freezing cold water. Tractor enthusiasts in South Staffordshire and North Shropshire have a more sensible option; to participate in a

Dave Coombes leads the convoy away from the start driving Dick Bowler's 1974 International 474 'Hydro'


Always smartly presented is the 1964 Ford 4000 brought along by Howard Crewe

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