The West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s Ford 100 Fest took place yesterday (August 27) on the ancestral home-farm of Henry Ford at Crohane, Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork.
The star attraction was a forage harvesting demonstration. It featured a brace of self-propelled and trailed forage harvesters of varying ages – chiefly New Holland machines working in tandem with New Holland, Ford and Ford-derived tractors.
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There was also an impressive static display on the west Cork site, encompassing not just ‘blue’ (Fordson, Ford and New Holland) tractors, but also some other brands.
The presence of so many Fordson tractors was especially poignant; these tractors were the first vehicles to be produced at the Cork Ford plant, which was established 100 years ago this year in 1917.
Alongside the silage cutting activities, there were also ploughing competitions and a threshing demonstration. A small number of combine harvesters was present.
Ford 100 Fest was sponsored by Henry Ford & Son Limited (Ford Ireland) – to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland.
It wasn’t just about tractors of course; there was also a plethora of Ford cars and vehicles – going right back to the iconic Model T.
Don Coakley, Chairman of the West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association, said: “Our Ford 100 Fest is the highlight event of the summer in west Cork. We are indebted to Vivian Buttimer and the Ford Buttimer family for hosting the event on the Ford family farm.”