Sixty Tractors in National Competitions
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Excellent Work Done by A grimotors in Demonstration in Gloucestershire
rr HE National Plough ing Championship Competitions at Upper Slaughter, Bourton-onthe-Water, Glos., last eek, were conspicuous for the large number of agrimotors present. The programme, in addition to the ploughing competitions (agrimotor and horsed team), included fi e 1 d demonstrations organized by the agricultural education corn • reittee of Gloucester County Council and an exhibition of powerfarming appliances.
• There were about 60 tractors engaged, whilst a small number was to be seen on the stands of the exhibition. The makes of machine represented in the competitions were Fordson, Case, International, Allis-Chalmers, MasseyHarris and Oliver Hart-Parr (18/28 model).
Excellent work was done in the com petitions. The tractor classes were open to competitors in Great Britain and were not confined to farmers. In the results, the farmers beat all the agents and manufacturers who had entered, except Mr. A. V. Fitt, a motor engineer. of Oxford, who took third place.
In the open sweepstake championships, the. successful entrants were Mr. W. Barrett, Manor Farm, Fairford, Cirencester (Fordson agrimotor and Ransomes plough), 1st ; Mr. J. Edwards, Irongate, Rodmarton, Cirencester (Fordson and Ransomes plough), 2nd ; Mr. A. V. Fitt, Little Tew, Oxford (Fordson and Ransomes three-furrow plough), 3rd ; Mr. F. Weller, College Farm, Wyck Hissington, Stow-on-the-Wold (International and Ransomes plough), 4th ; Mr. A. W. Cook, Gorbury . Hill Cottages, West Hendren, \Vantage, Berks (International and Ransornes plough), reserve. There were 15 entries in this class.
The awards in Class 4, open to farmers, farmers' sons, or employees who had" not gained more than two first prizes at previous tractorploughing matches, were as follow :—Messrs. E. Oakey and Sons, Little Rissington, Bourton-on-the-Water, 1st ; Mr. G. Wood, Haselton, Cheltenham, 2nd ; Mr. S. A. A'Bear, Aldsworth, Cheltenham, 3rd ; Mr. Frank Brick, Upper Slaughter, I3ourtonon-the-Water, 4th ; Mr. A. T. Game, Cocklebarrow, Northleach, Glos., reserve. There were eight Entries in this class.
The field demonstrations were of an educational character, non-competitive and on a power-farming basis.
In the arable-cultivation section Messrs. Nicholsons entered a tractor cultivator, which performed well on stubble, behind an International agrimotor mounted on giant pneumatic tyres. An excellent rotary cultivator driven from the power-take-off of a Fordson was the rotary tractor ctiltivator (Rotary Cultivators, Ltd.), whilst Mr. A. V. Fitt demonstrated the Fishleigh product working on similar principles. The Massey-Harris tractor cultivator was operated by the maker's own 12-20 h.p. agrimotor.