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Working Vintage Festival 2016 - Thank you


Images of the rally can be found on the 2016 Festival Pics webpage.


Just a word of thanks to all the visitors who attended our rally on 12th and 13th August. We were blessed with good weather and attracted a good crowd particularly in the working fields on   Saturday where the oats and potatoes were being harvested and the classic tractors were working. The Friday night road run attracted 207 tractors and although that was down a little on previous years  the poor weather forecast and other events that week would explain that. I hope you all enjoyed your visit - we never forget that we couldn't do it without your support. 

I believe the 2016 event was one of our best events in recent years in terms of the amount and quality of our exhibits and activities and I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the club members who gave of their time and worked so tirelessly in the days and weeks before the rally to make it happen on the day.


Thank you all.

Trevor McBurney, Chairman


CDTEC is keen to move with the times and  is pleased to announce that we are now active on Facebook – check out “Down Tractor Drivers” and join in the banter.


TractorJoe - Tractor Parts


A link to the TractorJoe website has been added to the links page. The company is based in the USA but it might be useful for that hard to find part. An introductory credit note is available to club members ordering for the first time - contact the chairman for the order code necessary to receive that credit


Trevor McBurney


Working Vintage Festival 2017 


Preparations are underway for the County Down Traction Engine Club's annual working vintage festival at Rosemount Estate in Greyabbey on Saturday 12 August.

The event will be similar to previous years in that there will be a display of tractors, lorries, cars, steam engines, stationary engines, etc in the main rally field along with trade stalls, craft tents, food outlets, amusements, music and dancing, etc. While in the large working area you can see vintage machines being put though their paces harvesting oats with binders and combines and digging potatoes for the public to gather. There will also be threshing mills and balers working together with tractor pulling, ploughing and cultivating. On the previous Friday evening there will be the tractor road run with 200+ tractors (you may even get a seat on one of the many trailers) and the BBQ where you can cook your food on the BBQs provided. 

This is a community and family day out for children and adults alike and is supported by Ards + North Down Borough Council, NFU Mutual, NG Bell and others. So for a good family day out where you can see our agricultural, transport and cultural heritage at first hand, come along and experience it for yourself.


Trevor McBurney, Chairman