East Sussex hosts vintage tractor charity road run

Vintage tractor run
Those taking part drove a circular route across the South Downs [BBC]

East Sussex has hosted the annual National Vintage Tractor Road Run (NVTRR) for the first time.

Those taking part drove a circular route across the South Downs on 31 March.

Will Cranfield, co-chairman of NVTRR 2024, said the road run was to raise money for "a worthy cause".

At least 300 vintage tractors were booked in for the event, which started at 10:00 BST.

Vintage tractor run
Money raised by the event is going to a therapy farm [BBC]

The South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club (SEVAC) said it was proud to be organising the community event, which it had been planning for two years.

Money raised through NVTRR will go to Patchwork Farm, a therapy farm at the Chailey Heritage Foundation which allows young people with disabilities to have a hands-on experience with the animals.

The tractors taking part started from Plumpton College and drove across the South Downs, heading to Woodingdean, Lewes, Cooksbridge, then back to Plumpton.

Vintage tractor run
The road run aims to bring vintage tractor enthusiasts together [BBC]

SEVAC said it was "a challenging but rewarding drive with some steep sections - good brakes are a must".

Mr Cranfield said: "We are very excited to host the NVTRR.

"We are taking the opportunity to show the wider vintage tractor community what SEVAC and Sussex has to offer whilst also raising money for such a worthy cause."

The NVTRR was founded in 1985, with its first event taking place the following year.

The road run aimed to bring vintage tractor enthusiasts together whilst raising money for charity.

Vintage tractor run
Organisers predicted a challenging but rewarding drive [BBC]

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