Plantworx 2019 to feature classic plant arena

VISITORS to Plantworx 2019 will have the opportunity to check out classic construction machines from years gone by.

Organisers have revealed this year’s event will feature a dedicated arena for the kit that inspired modern day equipment with the show’s first ever ‘working’ classic plant display. Attendees will be able to check out a variety of equipment including vintage dump trucks, excavators and loading shovels.

Jeff Schofield, Plantworx marketing manager is organising the classic plant display. He explained, “We are all rightly proud of our industry’s heritage and history. The Plantworx team is very much looking forward to paying tribute to these machines at this year’s event. Visitors will be able to walk around the exhibits and chat to the manufacturers, owners and enthusiasts, who in many cases have via a labour of love, painstakingly restored the machines to their former glory.

“We envisage that the Classic Plant arena will be a valuable addition to the show complementing the cutting-edge industry innovations our exhibitors will have on display on their stands around the show.”

Classic plant enthusiasts Dehane Rhodes and his son Will will be bringing three of their working machines to Plantworx, including a 1982 International TD-15C, which is a diesel engine crawler tractor, built by the International Harvester company in the USA. Also confirmed for the exhibition is a 1979 International 100B series 2 ‘Drott’ crawler loader and a 1968 Ford 13-6 auto-dig wheeled backhoe.

Will said, “We are really pleased to be the first classic plant exhibitor to confirm our attendance in the classic plant arena at Plantworx. I think it’s a really good idea to show not only the very latest technology in machinery – but also to show visitors where these modern-day machines originated from. It was these machines that helped build our motorways and much of the infrastructure we see today. It’s important to remember where our heritage began and keep the interest alive. I think that the classic plant arena will be a big draw for visitors.”

Plantworx runs from June 11-13 at the East of England Arena, Peterborough.