Worthy of note was the appearance among the engines of a 5 hp Crossley LL, which was to become a hundred years old a few days later on July 20th, 2018. Weighing half a ton, it had spent its working life on a farm in Wales, before being retired to the Devon countryside. Rather splendidly, there was also a tractor whose hundredth birthday had been just a couple of months earlier in May. This was a Fordson F, the 20hp model that launched the Fordson brand that became worldwide market leaders. Even more splendidly, the father of the Fordson tractor owner also celebrated his hundredth birthday in 2018!
Unfortunately, the event at Finch Foundry coincided with both the final of the World Cup football and the men's singles final at Wimbledon, which both probably contributed to the disappointingly low numbers of visitors. This was a pity as a lot of effort had been put into the day both by club members and our hosts, the National Trust staff and volunteers, to whom we are grateful for once again having us at such a beautiful and historically important location and for making us welcome.