Traction Engine Club Ulster

Events List 2016

Thanks to all those who have sent in details for the events list, however there are a considerable number of last years entries that have NOT updated this year.

Due to Easter being very early this year some events are starting early this year and I intend to publish the EVENT LIST in good time for them starting. 

Please check if details of your event have been sent to Davy Percy or myself and if not please do so as soon as possible.

Please ensure that you provide a contact name and number for inclusion in the list and cheque for £10 per event made payable to TECU Ltd.

All donations go to our charity of the year, Chest, Heart & Stroke NI

The Traction Engine Club of Ulster make no profit from this event list which is available free to everyone. 

The Vintage Event List

c/o David Percy

11 Moneyrod Road


Co. Antrim

BT41 3JB

Traction Engine Club of Ulster Charity Presentations

The Traction Engine Club of Ulster were delighted to present cheques of £1000 each to the Chipalawe Orphanage Project and the Crania Facial Unit.

The Chipalawe Orphanage Project is part of the Zomba Action Project. Money is going towards a team travelling to Zomba, Milawi this summer to finish the building work at the pre school that has been funded by the Zomba Action Project ( 

The Craniofacial Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford is one of four highly specialised craniofacial units in the UK, and one of the busiest in the world, undertaking approximately 80 transcranial procedures and seeing over 1200 outpatients each year. The largest group of patients they care for is children with craniosynostosis. (

The Traction Engine Club of Ulster was formed in the Midland Hotel, Belfast on a Saturday evening in September 1967. There were twelve members present on that occasion. 

In August 1968 our first rally was held in Antrim Showgrounds. Seven local engines paraded on that occasion plus visitors from England and Ireland.

The first rally was a great success. However it was agreed that in the event of the rally activities expanding, the Antrim Showgrounds would be too restricted. Lord O'Neil graciously consented to host the subsequent rallies on his spacious estate at Randalstown, first at Dunmore Park and from then at Shane's Castle. 

Later the show moved to Ballymena Showgrounds where it remained for a good number of years then in 2013 it moved to Ballee Playing Fields, Ballymena where it has remained. This year’s Show will be on 15th and 16th July. ( and (

In Photo collecting Cheque for Craniofacial Unit is Nichola Wallace whose son was treated in the unit in 2015. Collecting cheque for Chipalawe Orphanage is Caroline Patterson who spent two weeks working with the Zomba Action Project last year. Presenting the cheques is John Steele, Chairperson of the Traction Club of Ulster.

Created by David Heatley updated 2nd February 2016