While this year’s event was significantly smaller than other years due to COVID-19, the De Courcey Classic and Vintage Club in Cork still managed to hold a successful harvest day in which it showcased seven vintage combine harvesters.
The impressive line-up of machines featured two trailed and five self-propelled combine harvesters.
The oldest machine in the field was a Claas Super trailed combine, owned by the club’s chair John O’Neill.
Not only was it the oldest machine present on the day, but it was also one of the first Claas combines to be imported into Cork by Atkins in 1950.
It was fully restored by John O’Neill after he purchased it 10 years ago.
O’Neill thanked JJ Hayes and his son Brian for providing an excellent site for the event in Kilkerran, Ballinspittle.
De Courcey Classic and Vintage Club has 40 members and has been running for 11 years.
Machines present at the event
Other machines present on the day included a 1958 Massey Ferguson 735 driven by Derry Desmond, Ringrone, Kinsale, and a 1968 Dania D 600 driven by John Quinn, Ballinroe, Ballinspittle.
Markus McKenna from Tullyland, Bandon, drove his Massey Ferguson 16.
This machine was used by the Department of Agriculture for cutting research plots.
A 1971 New Holland 1520 was driven by Michael Tobin, Ballymartin, previously owned by the late Vincent Buckley.
A New Holland 1545 was driven by Jerry O’Neill, Rathtrout, Bandon.
Finally, a 1990 John Deere 1177 was driven by Brian Hayes, Kilkerran, Ballinspittle.