Nostalgia is the whiff of paraffin

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Sixty-three tractors and two lorries chugged along a 21.5 mile route on Saturday and raised a little over £1,150 for Moulton Mill.

Paul Beecham has been organising Moulton Tractor Rally for around seven years and he and fellow enthusiasts have put more than £13,000 in the coffers for the upkeep of the mill.

Ready to roll ' John Sharpe, Vic Wright, James Issitt and rally organiser Paul Beecham. SG190415-100TW

Ready to roll ' John Sharpe, Vic Wright, James Issitt and rally organiser Paul Beecham. SG190415-100TW

Paul (54) is two years younger than the Ferguson TED 20 he steered round the course.

He said: “You start it on petrol and turn it onto paraffin.

“It’s one of the first tractors that I ever drove when I was an old boy. I just like the smell of paraffin that you get, it’s got a smell of it’s own.”

“It’s not a cheap hobby but it’s a nice hobby.”

It’s one of the first tractors that I ever drove when I was an old boy. I just like the smell of paraffin that you get, it’s got a smell of it’s own.

Rally organiser Paul Beecham

Some of the participants turned up on the day – asking to join in – and Paul says there were “some real old lorries” that could only do 15-16mph.

The grand total raised included money from a raffle and Paul thanked the businesses who supplied prizes, Moulton Bulb Company for use of their field and everyone who supported the rally, including the 30 or 40 spectators who turned out.

The route included a stop at Sinclairs Shooting Ground for refreshments.

Tractor drivers making their way through Moulton. SG190415-110TW

Tractor drivers making their way through Moulton. SG190415-110TW

Wrapped up for their trip ' James Baker, Daniel Bellamy and Colin Guest. SG190415-106TW

Wrapped up for their trip ' James Baker, Daniel Bellamy and Colin Guest. SG190415-106TW

Julie Davies and Freddie Parish take a close-up look at the tractors. SG190415-105TW

Julie Davies and Freddie Parish take a close-up look at the tractors. SG190415-105TW