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Markethill and Belleeks are ably represented in a brand new motoring series from BBC Northern Ireland.

Markethill farmer Aaron Taylor (centre) on his restored Fordson Model F with the Tricked-Out Tractors team during filming for the new BBC One Northern Ireland series
Markethill farmer Aaron Taylor (centre) on his restored Fordson Model F with the Tricked-Out Tractors team during filming for the new BBC One Northern Ireland series

Tricked-Out Tractors, has brought together a dream team of petrol heads who have been restoring beloved vintage tractor models, building custom one-of-a-kind monster machines and crafting bespoke rebuilds. Aaron Taylor from Markethill has always been surrounded by tractors and Jason McVerry from Beleeks wants his 'family heirloom' tractor transformed.

The three-part Green Inc production for BBC Northern Ireland was filmed mainly before current Covid-19 restrictions.

Together master mechanic Tylor Cartin from Claudy, County Derry; restoration guru Stephen Lennon from Loughbrickland, County Down, and machinery expert Darren Bailey from Portlaoise have been tackling mechanical mess ups and major makeovers.

The trio have worked on complicated tractor builds, ground up restorations, and cutting edge designs in this new one of a kind resto-mod series. All done while taking on the pressures of hard to get parts and difficult deadlines.

Viewers will see the team go wild with paint schemes, get hands on with engine upgrades, have fun out and about go karting, and getting inspiration from a custom car show.

From an almost 100-year-old Fordson, to a champion winning pulling tractor and a classic red Porsche, the TOT workshop has been graced with some of the most sought after tractors around. 

Tylor Cartin said: “In this series I’m the chief mechanic/technician. I do the engine work, anything mechanical on the tractor that needs replaced. You have to have a strong backbone, but I just have had so much craic working with the guys.

Stephen Lennon said: “This series is something new and completely different. It has big entertainment value and you might just learn something about tractors and the history of tractors too!” 

Darren Bailey said: “It’s amazing how we have taken tractors destined for the scrapheap and transformed them into basically shiny new shoes again.”

Programme two is on Monday 2 November on BBC One Northern Ireland at 7.35pm. ‘Return of the Fordson’, sees Markethill farmer Aaron Taylor bring in a rust ridden almost 100-year-old Fordson Model F. This immediately puts the team to the test as they set about restoring it back to its former glory. And when owner Aaron from County Armagh shows them an interesting signature on the side of the tractor the gang call in an expert to find out if the tractor could be worth a lot of money.

The final programme, Cruisin’ In My ‘674, a family heirloom tractor is now in the hands of 17-year-old Jason McVerry from Belleeks, County Armagh, who wants to have it tricked out. For this International 674, new metalwork, windows, and doors are just the beginning of the transformation. Tylor thinks up some modern touches for this classic tractor, with some encouragement from tractor pulling expert, Darren.

Can the team convince restoration guru Stephen it’s all a good idea?

The series Continues on Monday 2 November on BBC One Northern Ireland, 7.35pm

Also available on BBC iPlayer


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