Drivers taking tractors for tractors runs


NFFN Member
good on you, must part of your EA pension perhaps??
I can't draw that for at least another 5 years.

Back to the original point of this thread, some drivers have been caught t by the police for stopping off to buy lunch at a shop which entailed a short detour as it was no longer a "work journey". I'd be surprised if the insurance and road tax covered a working garden tractor for what is effectively a joyride.

Classic tractors registered and insured as show vehicles would be ok though I'd think.


I struggle to see the point of tractor runs. 25 R series John Deeres with twin beacons in convoy is just an average afternoon on the A17.

If you have have a mix of old and new then the slowest always leads, so Great Uncle Nick on his Marshall M pop-pops away flat out at 7 mph, followed by Dave's DB 995 that is putting out more and more blue smoke from the breather because it needs rev above 1500 rpm, but he can't put it into 4th because the whine from the final drive would constitute an environmental health contravention in a public area. Next up is Joe on his Kubota lawnmower, which is has everything a much bigger tractor has, don't you know, it's just smaller, much smaller. But if he hangs any further back to avoid the DB's oil smoke he will be getting dangerously close to the giant 800R32 front tyres of the Fendt following and he knows from an earlier near miss that the driver has put it in cruise mode so he can concentrate his attention between the movie on his ipad and the scantily dressed horsey girl in the passenger seat.

My neigbour organised one a couple of years back on private farm tracks that probably would have been fun.

Any pics of the horsey girl?:sneaky:
None of the other activities take place on public roads tho....
as said previously ,most road runs barely use main roads most go over farm/woodland tracks thanks to the good will of farmers/landowners ,whom have possibly been touched by illness ( cancer ,heart disease etc) and are only to pleased to help such causes and if it makes some vintage / classic owners day, all well and good, as to emissions ,nothing compared to Messrs Hamilton and co, i don't get coarse fishing, football matches, metal detecting, but hey ho each to their own ,they all create emissions, please live and let live !!


New Member
Seems to be a lot of negativity on here about them.but this is my view- I think tractor runs are a good thing, lots of people like to bring their tractors to just show them off for the day, meet some people they don’t see often (they’d always meet at said tractor run) and if anything it’s a bit of craic for the day, get to show off what you have and get to meet people and see what they are driving, people often comment about farmers being very isolated and not going out enough but if anything are tractor runs not good to get people out? (Obviously of course with covid that’s not doable this year sadly) and of course most of all the charity aspect. I don’t partake in them unless it’s for a charity


Isle of Man
We have had 1 on Friday and last night about 50 tractors decorated in lights etc, we run in a rolling road closure, police in front and behind and marshalling junctions (most doing it in free time)
Police even had a tractor decorated themselves.
Tens of thousands of people where out watching we had a stop in one village as a static show that was very popular, it was a great event and it’s nice to entertain the public and get in the Christmas spirit after a tough year!
It’s nice to have a good relationship with the police.
Plus it’s a great way to engage with the public (customers)
And it will raise thousands for charity.
What’s not to like!


Isle of Man

Nice picture from last night


dont really have a problem with tractor runs but couple years ago we had pass the farm on a back road and they were tooting there horns and making a right racket , it was about lambing time and the sheep did not like it and took of through the fields , thought of them in a different light after that , big kids !

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