Tractor & Farming Heritage | January 2011

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Tractor & Farming Heritage - January 2011

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3 Welcome

11 News
What’s going on in the world of tractors.

16 Standing room only!
Pete Kelly brings his impressions of the record-breaking eighth Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show. It’s a nice problem to have, but the continuing success story of the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show is throwing up fresh problems of scale year after year.

22 Restored in time for Newark!
Andrew Lomas’ latest tractor rejuvenation couldn’t be missed at the recent Newark Tractor Show. Peter Riley’s 1975 Ford 7600 Dual-Power - winner of the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society Award for Best Ford & Fordson.

26 Turkey trot
Pete Kelly visits Sowerby, north Yorkshire, to admire Chris Scutt’s beautifully restored David Brown 770 Selectamatic - a featured tractor at this year’s Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show.

62 Tractor Talk
Your views and product reviews.

69 Model World
Henry Smith reviews what’s going on in the model scene.

72 Flight of the fancy
After research into Graham Hampstead’s article last month concerning rare breed numbers the biggest shock was the perilous state of some breeds of chicken.

80 A passion for red deer
Polly Pullar explains how her passion and deep fascination for red deer was forged.

84 From one furrow to another
Jo Roberts meets Arthur Jennings, the Flintshire farmer who’s taken up competitive ploughing and has gone back to the tractors of his youth.

128 Farming Focus: The Ballad of the Bothies
Before the advent of modern transport a system of communal living sprang up in Scotland for single men because of the isolation of some of the farms from towns and villages.

129 Rare Breeds
No.82 Traditional Hereford Cattle

130 Next Month
Preview of the February issue of Tractor magazine.

Your tractors

6 Swapping Henry for Frank!
You’ve got a Diesel Major and a Perkins V8 turbo in the yard. What do you do next? Chris Shaw has the answer.

30 A Rolls-Royce among tractors
For some time now the Fendt tractor has been known as the Rolls-Royce of tractors. A grand claim indeed, so how did Fendt come to earn such a grand title?

40 In the orchard
Grant Powell spends some time explaining to Peter D Simpson the ins and outs of the art of apple harvesting.

44 Cornish Deeres
Peter Squires talks to Cornishman Leonard Thomas about life and tractors, and his interesting collection of John Deeres.

46 A Ferguson for every occasion
Born into an agricultural family, Robert Mingay saw at first hand the transition from horse to tractor. Now semi-retired, he still works the tractors that influenced him all those years ago.

54 Hedgerow heaven!
The special theme with a difference at this year’s Ouse Valley Group Working Rally was hedgerow tractors which threw up a variety of unusual specimens.

58 Matching outfit
John Cowell’s tractor collection makes an impressive sight on the road with his International 955 towing a low-loader trailer converted to carry his contrastingly tiny Winget tractor, complete with front end loader and trailer.

Farming heritage

34 Harvest Gold
Can anyone who remembers working on a Threshing Box please raise their hands!

50 Too hot to handle - International HT-340
Back in the 60s, in an era of rapid technical advancement for farm tractors, International Harvester developed an idea which actually got off the drawing board - but sadly fizzled out.

90 Fordson Wheeled Conversions
Alec’s Cuttings are a cornucopia of adverts and reports on Fordson and Ford wheeled and tracked conversions, here we look at the Fordson era up to 1959 of wheeled conversions, including halftracks.


36 Man, boy & tractor salesman...
Tony Franklin has been with the same tractor dealer in Hampshire for 50 years and worked on and sold Fordsons, Fords, New Hollands,Ransomes, is his story.

66 Little by name but big in stature
Every year the Little Casterton Working Weekend committee pull out all the stops to deliver a truly memorable event - this year was no exception.

76 Girl Power
Think about it; ploughing at local, National and World level isn’t a recent profession or hobby, ladies around the world have been doing it for as long as the men, probably longer!

96 Road runs, rallies and ploughing events roundup.

106 Sales & Marketplace News
Around the auctions.

112 Dealer Feature
David Brown problem solver. Many more people are restoring vintage tractors and this has led to a growing number of supply companies. One is getting larger and creating a loyal customer base; David Brown Parts Worldwide. David Healey went to Herefordshire to meet proprietor, Peter Williams.

Front cover

It seems logical to make use with what you already have to hand. Turn to page six to find out what Chris Shaw did when he found himself with a Diesel Major and a Perkins V8 turbo in the yard.