The National Traction Engine Trust

In 1907 the RAC organised trials of commercial vehicles with a route starting in west London out to Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and back to London. 60 vehicles were entered into eight classes with class H for steam tractors. There was little interest from traction engine manufacturers with only three entered by Burrell, Foster and Tasker.

Taskers included a second tractor, number 1365 which did not compete in the trials. It is seen here passing through Andover.

The competing Tasker tractor overturned near Bath whilst descending a steep hill. To repair the engine, parts including the front axle were robbed from 1365 so the competing engine could continue in the trials. It is almost certain the accident cost Taskers the Gold Medal which was later awarded to Burrells.

10 Jul 2012