Vintage tractors hit the road for charity

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THE Angus and Kincardine Ferguson Tractor Group will be raising money for a number of good causes as they travel from coast to coast in vintage tractors.

Twenty vintage tractors from the 1950s - 1970s will travel over 360 miles as they go from Montrose to Oban and back over the course of four days.

The group are raising money for a variety of charities, all of which have a personal connection to members of the group. They are supporting the RNLI lifeboats in Montrose and Oban after the death of one of their group members who tragically drowned in a boating accident on the West Coast of Scotland two years ago.

They are also supporting the hyperbaric chamber in Dundee which is used to ease the stmptoms of MS sufferers, children’s charity The Archie foundation and Spina Bifida.

The tractors will be supported by two vehicles as they make the journey. With a number of the tractors not having cabs, leaving the drivers open to the elements, the group are hoping for good weather when they do the run from May 25 - 28. They will leave from Montrose lifeboat station on the 25th at 8am.

Chair Hugh Black explained that the tractors were well cared for and up to the long journey.

He added: “They are well maintained vehicles. Fuel is the biggest worry, in particular fuel blockages. But mechanically we will be very surprised if we have a break down.

“Punctures are a bit of a worry, too, as we have had that problem before. So they are the main concerns - fuel and punctures.”

The group has planned their route to avoid the main roads, and will be travelling in small groups to avoid disrupting the traffic.

n To sponsor them on their journey, contact a member directly or else Hugh Black on 01561 377786 or treasurer Mike Robertson on 01356 625049.