TOMORROW | ‘20 Years of Tractors n Smoke’
Tomorrow (Saturday 12 September) is the annual Charity Tractor run hosted by the Braid Valley Vintage Enthusiasts Ltd. This is a particularly special year as the club celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the event. It all started back in 2000 when the club organised and hosted what is believed to have been the first tractor run on the island of Ireland, the inaugural event being titled ‘The Millennium Tractor Road Run’.
From the beginning, with nearly 400 tractors from all over Ireland and the UK, the event was a huge success and has become a much anticipated day on the calendar for all the community, young and old.
The Braid Valley Vintage Enthusiasts would like to invite you all along to take part in this 20th anniversary tractor run on Saturday, whether you spectate along the route, or to participate and follow the same scenic route as the 20 years previous. ALL tractors welcome! The run will kick-off from Ballymena Livestock Market.
Longtime club member, Brian Millar, shared his thoughts coming up to this year’s event: “I was on the the first tractor run back in 2000 and I’ve been on it every year since!
“The Braid Valley Vintage Enthusiasts Ltd club has perfected the tractor run through all the experience they have gained over the last 20 years. The day is always an enjoyable event as there is with a lot of off-road sections - just where tractors were made for.
Typically the event usually has a great mix of all types of tractors, old and new coming together to follow the same route as 20 years ago.”
In what has been a very different year for the whole country with the arrival of a global pandemic, event organisers have been working hard in the run up to this weekend to make sure the run goes ahead, as safety a priority for everyone.
“This year has brought very challenging times for everyone with the dreaded COVID-19, but we feel this event can be run under strict guidance rules, and social distancing will be in place where needed,” Brian concluded.
This year the event is proudly sponsored by Robinson Quarry Masters, as it was in its first year. All money raised will be donated to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.
Commenting on their sponsorship, Robinson said: “In the year 2000, we were pleased to proudly sponsor the first tractor road run in Ireland. Over 400 machines attended from all over the UK and Ireland to make history setting off from Broughshane and taking in some of the most scenic views Co. Antrim has to offer.
“This year celebrates 20 years since this memorable occasion and the committee cf people at the Braid Valley Vintage Enthusiasts are marking the milestone with a rerun of the iconic event.
“Of course, 2020 has been a tough year for many families and businesses having been affected by COVID-19, but more so still are our local charities, who depend on social events to raise the vital funds they greatly need in order to help others.
“One such vital charity is the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance which has helped save many lives since established and this happens to be chosen charity for the anniversary run due to take place on 20 September 2020.
“Again at the quarry, we are proud to be part of this event which will be run in accordance with the social distancing guidelines as set out by the Northern Ireland Executive, and we hope as well as providing a fun day for those attending, it also ultimately will lead to many more lives being saved through this great local charity.”
𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗘: (Outward - 12pm) Balllymena Livestock Market, Woodside Road, Raceview Road, Main Street Broughshane, Church Entry, Buckna Road, Carnalbanagh Road, Racavan Road, Douglas Road, Church Road, Glenhead Road, Shillanavogy Road, Carnalbanagh Road, Burnside Road, Kilnacolpagh Road, Laugh Road, Cushendall Road, Lisles Hill Road, Hazelbank Road.
(Return - 2.30pm) Carnlough Road, Longmore Road, Cloneytrace Road, Elginny Road, Tullymore Road, Main Street Broughshane, Woodside Road.
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