Wiltshire Vehicle & Machinery Enthusiasts Tractor Road Run - 11.07.21
The road run started at Down Farm, Everleigh and the halfway point was at Chute Club.
Lockdown and COVID-19, has taken its toll on each and everyone of its members. However, the new club was pleased to host a
Tractor Road Run.
The 2021 Road Run
The Road Run was a 28 mile route in the local area that featured vintage tractors and was open to members and non-members, with lunch
which was held at The Chute Social Club.
The start/end point was at Down Barn Farm in Everleigh. Trailer parking was made available at the road run courtesy of Mr
Gathering started from 08:30 and they set off at around 10:00. There were COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect those
attending. Participants were also asked to bring their own lunch. As usual, this was a very well run event with a compact route which the club members and guests all
Aaron Vallis and his team organised this event, so very well done to him. A very pleasing day out into some areas I had
not visited for several years.
The actual mileage on the public highway was carefully kept to a minimum, with the majority of the route on byways and smaller
The circular route kept the entries close to the clubs Pewsey base and the entries were escorted front and rear by officials,
to minimise any congestion. Marshalls were also posted on some junctions.
From the start point the route headed east, towards Everleigh passing the hanger at Everleigh Satellite Landing Ground. The most
tangible clue of the area's existence is the Super Robin hangar. The former landing ground is situated just to the north of Everleigh.
The route travelled a short distance along the A342, then branched off towards Collingbourne Ducis, crossing the A338 and out towards
the Shears Arms, where the route turned left towards the Fair Mile, then turned right passing the racing stables at Herridge Stud Farm and on to Collingbourne Woods.
This woodland is made up of Collingbourne and Coldridge woods, both ancient woods to the south of Savernake Forest, which are
predominantly broadleaf and in particular beech.
A brief halt was taken in the woods near Gammons Farm to allow the crews to have a relaxing few minutes. The route then turned
left onto the Chute causeway and then turned right down through the Chutes to the social club halfway halt.
The route after the break passed by Conholt Park and then through Fosbury and passing Oxenwood and Tidcombe.
A left turn for a short distance on the A338 took the route onto the Fair Mile with a trip down the old Brunton Hill Climb,
then passing through the village and left back onto the A338 at Collingbourne Kingston before turning right onto the byway at Mill Lane and back towards Everleigh.
At the junction to the road that runs from Everleigh to Pewsey, a problem occurred, when a national cycle race was in action on the
same road being travelled back to the end of the route. However, access to this road was totally blocked by the spectators. The tractors had travelled along the byway to this point, only
to find the byway illegally blocked by many parked cars.
After a few heated words with some of these spectators a race organiser was contacted. The lady concerned
completely understood the situation and agreed that the tractors could be allowed back to the finish point in convoy with a rear escort. ( a very sensible organiser, who did not hesitate to
act). How the same roads, came to be permitted to use the same route, at the same time, could have been extremely dangerous.