Agricultural rally draws huge entry

Vintage rally
Vintage rally

FIFE Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club held another successful rally at Corston Mill, Strathmiglo, with over 300 entries and the field bathed in glorious sunshine.

Each year a special theme is chosen and this year it was the turn of oats to bask in the spotlight.

A huge entry of vintage machinery designed to sow, grow, harvest and process the crop was assembled from the horse era almost to the present day.

In fact, so much equipment was entered that the parades and demonstrations had to be split between seed time and harvest.


The seed time display included Dave Nelson, Ross Kinnaird and Kerr Renwick giving a working demonstration of horse ploughing and sowing using a Ransome plough, Massey Harris horse drawn seed drill and an Aero seed fiddle.

Harvest operations saw parades of reapers, tractors and binders and combine harvesters, whilst a working threshing display saw sheaves of corn fed through a 95-year-old Balmoral Engineering Company of Tayport barn threshing mill.

Backing up the outside activities was an interpretive display in the marquee put on by multinational miller Quaker who operate nearby.

Other displays of old photographs and memorabilia completed the scene.

Also on show was a wide range of vintage vehicles of all types including some finely restored classic tractors that had come from Berwickshire in the south, Aberdeenshire in the north and Ayrshire in the west.

Coming from nearer home was the magnificent Fowler steam ploughing engine from Leven which created great interest.

The day ended with the drawing of the prize raffle which was raising money for the RNLI and the message that next year’s theme is ‘Silage and Dairying’