North Cotswolds Tractor Run a Glorious Success

Bluebell Tractor Run lineup
The large group of tractors lineup at Kim Bailey Racing near to Withington

The 6th Bluebell Tractor run, organised by the North Cotswold Tractor club, was run around the lanes of the mid Cotswold, inland from Cheltenham. The tractor run was run to raise funds for Cancer research UK and to publicise the Moreton Show, which takes place on Saturday 1st September.

Tractors started to arrive at Kim Bailey Racing, near to Withington in Gloucestershire, from early morning and by the time of departure had swelled to a record breaking 76.

The tractors in the event ranged from old historic tractors (with open tops) to 1970s Ford tractors with enclosed cabins to the modern monsters from John Deere, JCB and other brands, including a 2018 Case iH75 CVX. After a bacon sandwich and coffee, the tractors were judged and the winning tractor (a 1969

Best Prepared Tractor winner 2018
Best Prepared tractor winner John Wilson being presenter trophy by Mr Haymen-Joyce

John Brown 880), prepared by John Wilson was awarded with the trophy.

After a final briefing from event organiser Steve Parkes the tractors setoff on their route of 40 miles. The route went through the village of Withington, where they had to wait by the church while an early group of Porsche sportscars of a Cotswold Rally where moved to one side.

They went onto through bluebell woods around Colesbourne before travelling through Compton Abbas, up the hill at Casey Compton before traveling down to Calmsden, and then back up to Lower Chedworth and to the lunch stop at the Chedworth farm shop and restaurant.

Bluebell Tractor Run 2018
Tractors passing through Compton Abbas

After a lunch break in which the locals, in in particular small children, enjoyed the large gathering of tractors, the convoy set off via Stowell Park house, Yanworth, Compton Abbas again by the reverse route and then back through Withington to the finish at Kim Bailey Racing.

The tractors will be looking to run the event again in 2019 on a route through the Cotswolds to be agreed, and some will appear at the Moreton Show or Northleach Tractor Rally in September.

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is an experienced Media, PR, Communications and imaging professional, based in South Warwickshire/North Cotswolds. He specialises in communications, social media, PR and imaging working with both commercial clients and local groups, working with them to maximise their publicity and visibility.He comes with extensive experience in the corporate, public sector and not for profit areas, where he managing their social media and communications campaigns and channels. He spent 10 years (2004 – 2014) working as a UK Motor racing media professional, working with clients for their social media, press releases and newspaper articles, which were supplied with my images. I was fully accredited in the UK for championships such as Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and British F3/GT championships. I also worked in Europe on the FIA GT championships at Spa Francorchamps (Belgium) and Monza (Italy).

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