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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.

Click Picture above to view some pictures of members and events from years ago.

Working Vintage Festival 2018


I would like to thank everyone who supported our 2018 working vintage festival by taking part in the Friday night road run or attending the main event on Saturday. There were exactly 200 tractors in the road run and we were impressed by the turnout on Saturday. A big thank you to all who contributed in any way - both public and club members, we really appreciate your support and we hope the whole event helped bring the community together, gave everybody a good day out and will eventually help some worthwhile local causes. Because of your support the event was a great success, thank you one and all. 


Pictures now added—see 2018 Festival Pics


Trevor McBurney


Queens Award for Voluntary Service



The County Down Traction Engine Club is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the 2018 Queens Award For Voluntary Service.


This award, which is the equivalent of an MBE, is for groups rather than individuals and represents a tremendous achievement and I am honoured and delighted that our voluntary work in preserving our agricultural and cultural heritage within the community has been recognised in this way. It is the first time a Vintage Club has received this award.


I am especially pleased for all the club members who have contributed so much of their time and efforts over many years and for the local community and sponsors who have supported us so loyally along the way.


Click on the picture below for pictures of the Award Ceremony held at the Orange Tree, Greyabbey on 16th July 2018.



Trevor McBurney





Copelands is Belfast City Mission’s flagship project, providing market leading care for N. IrelandIts aim is to provide the best possible care to frail older people, including those living with dementia. Due to open early 2020, Copelands will comprise of six households, each with 10 residents. Each household will have its own front door, kitchen and living area as well as access to a communal outdoor area, so that it will evoke memories of ‘home’ for someone who is starting to suffer from the stress of memory loss and diminished cognitive ability.  

CDTEC has been supporting Copelands for some time and a number of members attended the announcement that the foundation stone has been laid.





Eddie Patton


The club was saddened to hear of the death of our esteemed member Eddie Patton.

Eddie's great love was stationary engines and he played a vital role in our activities over a great many years, indeed he was a valued committee member and one of our longest serving members who could often be seen hard at work preparing the rally field each year for our vintage festival.

He will be sadly missed by everyone in the club and in the wider vintage movement. Our sincere condolences go out to his son Robert and family at this difficult time.