If it’s Red take it out of the shed that’s the word this weekend as the Whitecross Vintage association seeks to break not one but three world record attempts.
The Donegal vintage club aim to break the records with the largest gathering of working Massey Ferguson tractors in the world this weekend in Carrigans Donegal. The idea is the brainchild of Alan Robb who has previously organised the last world record attempt with the club in 2014.
‘The last attempt had 726 tractors and we raised a lot of money,’ says White cross chairman Derek Long.
[A snapshot from 2014's world record breaking event by the club]
Speaking from a busy field with his tractor in the background Long is confident that the group can beat the last world record and are aiming for 1000 plus tractors to attend.
‘We are also going to organise the largest Ferguson logo and tractor parade, so it’s going to be a busy weekend,’ he said.
Its not however just for glory that are going to such lengths, because the Ferguson World Record Re-match 2016 is raising much needed funds for 8 charities; Donegal hospice, Foyle Hospice, Motor Neurone Association, Sean O’Hare Unit, Ballytrim House, Alzheimer’s Disease, Stroke and Medical Rehab and Our lady’s hospital for sick children in Dublin.
Robb’s efforts have so far raised €100,000 for charity no mean feat.
Derek is hopeful that they can break the record despite the current weather.
‘The field is wet but the phone has been hopping with people calling about attending.’
There will be live music from country stars Jimmy Buckley & Jim Devine as well as food and games will take place over the weekend and the granddaughter of Harry Ferguson, the inventor of the famous red tractor, will be in attendance.
2016 is also a special year in the Ferguson world as it marks 90 years since Harry Ferguson patented the 3 point linkage system, a system we use to this day.
Registration is still open and you can be part of history, have a great day and help charity in the process. You can sign up here.