Supercar fans and lovers of classic agricultural vehicles alike can expect to have all their boxes ticked when they visit the Aveton Gifford classic car show this August.

About the vehicles

This McLaren Senna is a supercar with a V8 engine, developing 659bhp, 800kg of downforce and it reaches 124mph in 6.8 seconds from a standing start. It’s also worth a cool million.

John Foale’s vintage Leyland tractor has a diesel engine of 62hp, a maximum speed of 20mph and, when it’s fully restored, will be worth about £5,000.

Both made in Britain, by British companies and their presence will be raising money for the Devon Air Ambulance this August.

What to expect

For a small fee, you will be able to make a short run in the Senna, driven by one of McLaren’s top drivers. There will also be an opportunity for you to have your photo taken sitting in the driver’s seat.

John is a 74 year-old agricultural engineer who specialises in restoring vintage tractors and, between the show and December, he will restore this one so that it looks pristine. Then, in May 2020, he will make the epic journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End, nearly 1000 miles, stopping at various agricultural shows and events, collecting money for the Air Ambulance as he goes.

Normally, John can be found in one of only two places; either under a tractor covered in oil, or on his usual bar-stool in The Fisherman’s Rest at Aveton Gifford. But on the 25th August he will be beside this old tractor, so please come along to the Car Show and talk to John; he’s quite friendly and he’d love to speak to you. You can find out about the tractor, about the journey to come and his devotion to the Air Ambulance.

You can also see, and ride on, the McLaren, if you’re there early enough. Trips cost £40 per person, plus £10 for the optional photo. All money raised goes to the Devon Air Ambulance.

The day's events

The McLaren schedule for the day is:

11.00am  Press and media with Gareth Howell, McLaren test driver, beside the car, and with John  Foale, beside his tractor.

11.30am  Public access to car and commemorative photo opportunity.

12.30 - 1.15pm  First Senna runs take place.

2.00 – 2.45pm  Final runs in Senna take place.

For more details visit www.foalvintagetractors.co.uk

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