Fordson N tractor and his two furrow Massey Harris trailing plough to plough for 24 hours in a fitting tribute to his dad and something that would be extra special as it was to raise as much money for Parkinson`s Scotland. Speaking to all the Agricultural dealerships in the area, they all agreed to sponsor the event and come along to support us over the weekend supplying static tractors and ploughing demonstrations. They also spoke with many of the local vintage tractor clubs including Ford & Fordson Club, The Ferguson Club, DMR Club, SVTEC and 10 Tractors Club which would give us a fantastic line-up for the weekend.

dealerships who in turn had their logo printed on them. There is also a Colour programme which was created with adverts and thanks from businesses who donated to fund the printing of this fantastic keepsake.

Doing a 24-hour ploughing marathon with the 1944 Fordson N tractor that had been restored by Dougie and his father, and his 1930s Massey Harris trailing plough was something quite unique and something that hadn’t been done before. The tractor and plough are very special to Dougie, as it used to be his late father`s so with this in mind they had to make sure it was ready well in advance for the big weekend which led to Dougie speaking to Martin Turner at Cox & Turner, who agreed to send up all the parts etc. needed to get the Fordson ready for the big weekend. This was a massive sigh of relief and one less worry on their mind.

The date was set for the weekend of March 7th & 8th 2020 and the preparations had begun. Dougie would use his late father`s

Starting the line-up on the weekend were two pairs of Clydesdale horses from Benny Duncan and Adam Young who quite kindly agreed to allow spectators to plough for a generous donation. Going through the ages of ploughing, they covered horticultural class, vintage trailing, classic conventional, manual trip reversible, hydraulic conventional, hydraulic reversible, multi-furrow and some special attractions including World Ploughing Champions, David Carnegie and Andrew Mitchell snr. They also had a couple of very special attractions including a County Clydesdale crawler with a 5- furrow trailing plough, and a Ford 8730 push/pull combination.

On Saturday 7th March the Fordson was started around 11am to get warmed up in preparation for the big start at midday. The scene was set, and the weather was holding off so far with many spectators waiting in anticipation for a big start. Jim Smith, the farmer/comedian came along to say a few words and crack a few jokes in the build up to midday then Jim quite kindly pulled the first feering pole out for Dougie as he started his 24-hour quest. To the cheers and applause of hundreds of spectators, Dougie set off on his challenge. It was a very emotional start from the organizers because of the hard work that had been done in the build up to the weekend. One of the things on the team’s minds at this point was, “How would the tractor behave?” knowing that the engine has never been apart since in over seventy-six years.



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