Crowds have gathered to watch the traction engines being shown in a field. Men operate an engine called Dorothy, decorated with Union flags. The mechanics of the engine are shown in close up. Another engine, "The Victory" a Fowler engine, is shown. A woman steers the wheel of one of the engines, followed by scenes of a race where participants steer the engines round the course, finishing back at the start. White tents are scattered around the field and spectators stand behind a barrier rope.
An intertitle reads '... and old 'stick-in-the-mud'. One of the engines is seen, struggling through the mud. Its wheels turn but the engine does not move forward.