Tractors at Biddenden Tractorfest

The forerunner of the modern tractor goes back to the late nineteenth century when petrol/gasoline power took over from steam. However it wasn’t until 1901 that the first commercially successful lightweight tractor was built – it was three wheeled and called the, ‘Ivel Agricultural Motor’, the word ‘Tractor’ did not come into common use until later.

While unpopular at first, gasoline-powered machines began to catch on in the 1910s, when Henry Ford introduced the Fordson, a mass-produced tractor.

At Biddenden Tractorfest you will see a wide variety of tractors which have been developed since those pioneering days of the late nineteenth century to the large tractors which are part of farming today.

To exhibit your tractor please go to EXHIBIT page.