First World War gun tractors to take centre stage at vintage tractor show in April

A 1918 Holt 75 gun tractor.

A 1918 Holt 75 gun tractor. - Credit: Archant

A pair of First World War gun tractors will be rolling into East Anglia in April for a vintage spectacular.

A 1917 Holt 75 gun tractor, one of two organisers of the Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor Show hope

A 1917 Holt 75 gun tractor, one of two organisers of the Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor Show hope to bring to the event. The incredibly rare and impressive American machines, each weighing more than 10 tonnes, were used by Allied forces to haul heavy artillery on the Western Front during the First World War. - Credit: Archant

The Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor Show, now in its sixth year, makes a return to the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich, on April 22 and 23 with attractions from pre-1930s veteran cars and tractors to monster trucks. The event, organised by a group of East Anglian enthusiasts, is led by Suffolk collector Roger Desborough, of Wenhaston, near Haleworth.

This year’s theme is Case IH, including equipment from the International Harvester, J I Case and later Case IH organisations. There will also be veteran, vintage, classic and modern tractor displays. “We are always searching for a different topic, and we felt Case and International are two marques that had a large following in the UK, and would provide some fascinating displays encompassing machines from the 1920s to the current day,” said Roger.

Tractors are only part of the story, and there will also be probably the largest gathering of vintage and classic commercial vehicles in East Anglia. Other attractions include displays of American and classic cars, motorcycles, stationary engines, miniature steam engines and heavy horses. Several organisations are clubs will also be in attendance.

Ring displays will include, for the first time, the UK’s number one Monster Truck Team. There will also be a wide array of trade stands, onsite camping on the showground and dinner with entertainment on the Saturday evening.

“Our event is now firmly established on the calendar,and we are continually striving to make the show a brilliant weekend for both visitors and exhibitors alike,” said Roger.

“There’s plenty of room for exhibits, both inside and out, and it should be a great day out for anyone interested in early or classic tractors, vehicles and machinery.”

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For more information or to enter your tractor, car, vehicle or machine, contact: Mike Curtis on 07753 182065 or 01508 550293, or Roger Desborough on 07836 620506 or 01502 478268; further information from the website at