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Vintage fire appliance showcased at Newby Hall tractor festival

A vintage Austin Fire Appliance will be showcased at this year’s Newby Hall Tractor Festival from 7-8 June 2014 as part of a display of historic emergency vehicles.

Retired ambulance man, Alan Dunderdale will travel to the show from his home in Burnley with his 1960’s Austin Gipsy Fire Appliance and trailer pump.

The vehicle which dates from 1963 was originally owned by the Cornwall County Fire Brigade, serving at Bodmin and then Helston twenty years later.

The engine provided a vital service for a remote hamlet of six houses that was only accessible by a small foot bridge. The only appliance to tow a pump, it pumps 350 gallons of water a minute, as does the trailer. The vehicle finished its active service in February 1985.

Alan, who used to work for South Yorkshire Ambulance service, owns a fleet of emergency service vehicles which he is painstakingly restoring. They include a, pre-production prototype of the Austin Gipsy Wadham Stringer Ambulance. and, most recently, an Austin Gipsy police mobile column vehicle

Says Alan: “As a former ambulance man, I jumped at the chance of adding to my collection and buying an Austin Gipsy Wadham Stringer Ambulance. I spotted the ambulance abandoned in a field and had to wait a year for it to come up for sale. It turned out to be a very special vehicle – one of only two pre-production prototypes built. I bought it as a long term restoration project over five years – but that was before my move to Burnley and getting married. Lack of space meant that I could not bring the ambulance home so restoration work had to be delayed for about 18 months so I’m really happy to be working on it again now and I will hopefully be bringing it to Tractor Fest 2015.”

There will be more than 1,000 exhibits on display at this year’s Tractor Fest ranging from vintage tractors to motorcycles to stationary engines from all over the UK and Europe.

The two-day event taking place at the Newby Hall near Ripon attracts thousands of visitors each year, not just tractor owners, collectors and enthusiasts but families across the UK who are promised a great day out.

Visitors can enjoy some iconic tractors and machinery including an exhibition of vintage Model T’s and Ford cars through the ages. There will also be an attempt at a world record with a mass gathering of turn of the last century Mogul Tractors, with tractors coming from all over the world. This year’s main theme is the ‘Single Cylinder Tractor’ and the Marshall Club will also be exhibiting its vintage tractors.

There will also be a ‘March of the Tractors’ from Newby Hall to Ripon market square from 5pm on Saturday 7 June which is free of charge.

The Tractor Fest is organised by the Yorkshire Vintage Association which is anticipating more exhibitors and collectors than ever before. Chairman Richard Sturdy said: “We are expecting this year’s event to be one of our biggest events yet with a great variety of unique exhibits and several other activities, we believe that there really is something for everyone.”

Tickets for the Tractor Fest are priced £9.50 adult; £8.50 concession; £7.50 children. For more information, go to and

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Photo caption: The 1963 Austin Gipsy Fire Appliance and trailer pump which will be on display with others at the Newby Hall Tractor Fest from 7-8 June 2014.

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