NVTRR News

We have created this page so you’ll be able to keep up to date with the preparation of the run and any more information that we have prior to the run.

An update from Gordon Morris, NVTRR Radnorshire 2018 Vice Chairman and Treasurer. 

On arriving in Knighton, the starting, unloading and camping venue is on the A4113 on the out-skirts of Knighton. It will be well sign posted and marshalled . The Site will be open from mid-day Friday for any early arrivals, after booking in anyone who requires shopping etc, it is a short walk into town or if using a vehicle there is parking in town. Shops are open till 8 pm for groceries and there is also a Fish and Chip shop, Chinese take away and Kebab shop and there is also six pubs with restaurants in town. Close to the Town Centre is the Community Centre where the Saturday night presentation takes place, so if you have booked tickets for the meal and entertainment you will be able to locate this. From Saturday there will be catering vans on site and will be there for breakfast on the Sunday aswell. There will be toilets and showers on site. On the Saturday we have a RNLI Life Boat Launch and Recovery Presentation. Massey Ferguson display of 60 years of MF tractors. New Holland and Case will also be on display. Ralph’s Cider will also be displaying his home made cider. If you do go into town please look for Bradfords shop window where there is a display of the run and route .

Catering Information for over the NVTRR weekend

On Saturday 31st March we will hold our social evening which commences at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm prompt start. We commence with a hot meal which will be a choice of chicken casserole, beef lasagne or vegetarian option, all with a selection of vegetables. This will be followed by a choice of sweets. After the meal there will be a couple of short speeches followed by our grand charity raffle which has prizes of £1000, £500 and £250 plus other prizes. Raffle tickets will be on sale until the end of the meal in case anyone has not had a chance to by some. After the raffle the evening continues with live entertainment by local musician and singer, Mark Brown. Tickets for the evening can be booked via the tractor entry form or by filling in the slip sent out with the entry packs. The meal and entertainment will cost £15 – Entertainment only will cost £10. On Sunday 1st April the lunch stop will be at Knighton Community Centre. A hot roast carvery menu will be available at a cost of £12 including sweet and can be booked via the slip in the entry pack or by phoning Steve Weaver on 07891 909325 or Gordon Morris on 07989 894022. Catering vans will be on site for the day and a room will be available at the community centre for those who wish to sit down and eat their sandwiches or takeaway. Also catering vans will be available to serve breakfast on Sunday morning before the start of the run. Adequate toilet and shower facilities will be available at the start site. There will be ample toilets at the lunch stop and also during the afternoon run on Offas Dyke.

Progress report on preparations for the NVTRR 2018 from Steve Weaver  29.01.2018

Preparations for the NVTRR 2018 in Radnorshire are now at an advanced stage.  Entries have started to come in at a faster rate since the start of the year and from the enquiries received we are expecting a large entry of tractors.  As the start venue is one of the sites where County Tractors were built we have had a lot of interest from County owners who will be bringing their machines on the run.  As a result of this we have decided that it may be a good idea to assemble the Counties together in a group at the start area so that they can be viewed and admired by the many enthusiasts who will be present on the day and then send them out on the run in ‘convoy’ which should be an impressive sight.

A small group of us recently had an afternoon driving the route which is very scenic and if it’s a clear day on 1st April I think everyone will be impressed by the views.  The morning route is mainly on tarmac and commences from Bensons Yard at 9.30am prompt and does a 16 mile loop encompassing Presteigne (the former county town of Radnorshire) and then over Stonewall Hill with views over several counties.  The route then takes us back to Knighton Community Centre for the lunchtime stop where there is ample parking for all the tractors.  A hot carvery lunch will be available in the community centre and this will need to be pre-booked.  Details of how to book, cost, menu, etc will be included in the entry packs which will be sent out a week or two prior to the run.  There will also be catering vans available on site and a room available for sitting down to consume takeaway food or packed lunches.  In the afternoon the approx 11 mile route takes in the Shropshire side of the River Teme and then onto a section of off road which goes up to and along Offas Dyke, the ancient boundary between England and Wales.  We then return onto tarmac for the steep descent back down into the Teme Valley, eventually returning to Knighton and the finish at Bensons Yard.

On the Saturday evening before the run we have our social evening which begins with a hot meal followed by a short presentation from the founder of the National Run, Ashley Godsall and the current chairman.  This will be followed by the Grand Raffle which has cash prizes of £1000, £500, £250 and many other prizes, the proceeds of which, along with the tractor entry fees will be divided between our chosen charities, Wales Air Ambulance, RNLI, Hope House Children’s Hospice and East Radnor Day Centre.  We then round off the evening with live music and dancing with local singer Mark Brown.  Tickets for the evening entertainment can be booked via your tractor entry form.

Please do not leave sending in forms until the last minute in order to spread the workload for our booking in staff.  Please note only entries received before 1st March 2018 will be in the official programme.

There will be unloading facilities available at the start venue and adequate parking for lorries and trailers.  A separate parking area will be available for the general public and spectators.  Camping is available at no extra charge for participants of the tractor run but a camping pass must be requested on the booking form.

Clayton Engineering who manufacture and service lifeboat launch and recovery vehicles and trailers for the RNLI are putting on a display on site on the Saturday.  Brian Hughes, Consultant Engineer for the company will be on hand on the day to oversee the display and answer any questions.

We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible over the weekend to partake in the atmosphere of this great event and at the same time help to raise funds for our four deserving charities.

History and background of the Club and Natinal Vintage Tractor Road Run.

Preparations are now well advanced for the 2018 NVTRR in Knighton, Radnorshire hosted by Teme Valley Vintage Club.

Teme Valley Vintage Club was formed in 1980 by a small group of enthusiasts from Knighton. Three of the original founders are still club members to this day.  The annual club programme comprises a charity tractor run, vintage rally and ploughing match, together with various social events.  Money is raised annually for local charities.  The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Castle Inn, Knucklas and new members are always welcome.

Teme Valley Vintage Club has been selected to host the National Vintage Tractor Road Run 2018 with Radnorshire being the featured county.  It will also be assisted by the tractor clubs of Radnorshire and the Borders.  The first ‘national’ was held in Herefordshire in 1985 organised by Ashley Godsall.  It has been held in a different county of the British Isles every year since then, except for the year of the foot and mouth epidemic and has never been to the same county twice.  Still overseen by the founder Ashley the run takes place on Sunday 1st April 2018 and is starting from Bensons Factory Yard at Knighton, by kind permission of Roy and Dave Edwards of M.A. Evans Transport, who are our main sponsors. The site is one of the former homes of County Tractors and Bamfords Machinery.  McConnel also used the site as an extension of its Ludlow factory and the swingover hedge trimmer was built here.  Also on the same site are Clayton Engineering who manufacture and service lifeboat launch and recovery vehicles and trailers for the RNLI for the use of lifeboat stations around the British Isles and Ireland, some examples of which will be on display on the Saturday.  Brian Hughes, consultant engineer for the company will be on hand on the day to oversee the display.

Knighton is known as the town on the Dyke as it is situated at the mid point of Offas Dyke, the ancient boundary between England and Wales.

The run commences from Benson’s Yard at 9.30am prompt and does a figure of eight route encompassing Presteigne, the former county town of Radnorshire and then over Stonewall Hill with scenic views of several counties and back to Knighton for a lunchtime stop at Knighton Community Centre.  In the afternoon we will be travelling on the Shropshire side of the River Teme, which enables the run to go up and across the Dyke, then via Llanfair Waterdine back to Knighton, by which time we will have crossed the border many times to include Herefordshire, Shropshire and Radnorshire.  The scenery is stunning and the views far reaching so we are hoping for a clear day.

We are expecting up to 500 entrants and are also organising a charity raffle with prizes of £1000, £500 and £250 and many other prizes.  All proceeds will be distributed between our chosen charities, the RNLI, Wales Air Ambulance, Hope House Children’s Hospice and East Radnorshire Day Centre.  The raffle will be drawn at our social evening on Saturday 31st March at Knighton Community Centre.  Raffle tickets are £1 each and are available from TVVC members.  They are also available at Bradfords Ironmongers in Knighton and East Radnor Day Centre in Presteigne.