A FORTON old tractor enthusiast has said he was shocked to pick up a top prize at the recent Bath and West Show after digging a six-decade old plough out from under a hedge.

Malcolm Adams had picked up a prize at a Honiton Hill tractor event when a representative from David Brown tractors convinced him to enter the Bath and West Show.

Malcolm inherited his tractor from his dad, who bought the machine brand new in 1964.

His dad also bought a David Brown plough in 1958.

While the tractor was ready to show, the plough required some work before the Bath and West.

Malcolm said: “It was so rusty and had been buried under a hedge for 15 years.

“I took it to the Bath and West Show and though I had just got best David Brown again, but it was best in the whole show.

“I said I thought there were better ones there, but everyone was telling me ‘no’.”

Malcolm runs Adams Garage in Forton, but is hoping to start a new business on the side.

“I have got 10 more I am hoping to do up, and I have one on the go at the moment,” he said.

“I had to drop it all when they asked me to take along the plough because I had to get it out from under the hedge.

“The plan is if I get them all done then to have a David Brown museum.”

In the meantime, Malcolm is celebrating his Bath and West Show success.

He added: “We were all a bit surprised when I won.

“The event was across four days, and the experience of receiving the cup was quite good.

“I showed the people who presented the cup a picture of my brother sat on the tractor as a boy.

“My father died when he was 97. I think my dad would have been over the moon.”