Tractor & Farming Heritage | January 2012

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3 Welcome

6 Still leading the way at Newark
Our full report from another stunning Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show.

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

74 Tractor Talk
Your views and latest product reviews.

78 Model World
Henry Smith takes us on another tour of scale reproductions around the model world and we preview the International Model Tractor, Plant & Construction Machinery Show in February next year.

81 Curing problems
While working on ways to cure the engineering problems he often faces, Graham Hampstead discovers that people had adopted quite a different approach to solving problems back in the 17th century.

84 Mending Muriel...
Jo Roberts meets Jim Ormerod, the ‘Muir Hill Man’ from the Isle of Anglesey who has made his passion the source of both a living and a hobby.

88 The Christmas Round Robin
With the growing trend of sending out a round robin with a Christmas card, Polly Pullar feels compelled to do the same.

120 Farming Focus The Highland Drovers
Before the industrial revolution turned Scotland into an engineering powerhouse exporting manufactured goods all over the globe, the Scots had a much older export trade - cattle droving.

121 Rare Breeds
No 94 British Lop Pigs

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

Your tractors

28 Piece of Surrey Heritage
Andy Medhurst talks about the history and restoration of this 1967 MF 2135, which spent its working life with Croydon Borough Council.

36 Prairies on the IoM?
The Isle of Man is one of the last places in the world where you would expect to find big American-built prairie tractors. However, Peter D Simpson tracked down two fine examples there.

42 Under Marshall Law
Huddersfield could never be regarded as a hotbed of industrial espionage, but Alan Barnes wonders if the production of tractors could have been at the centre of clandestine affairs there in the past.

What’s red and comes out of France (apart from Beaujolais)? A MAP-Latil tractor.

52 Emily’s Evie
We conclude the restoration of the 1949 Field Marshall Series II with Cameron putting the final touches to ‘Evie’, the tractor he bought for Emily.

56 Rare fruit of the vine
The short-lived production run of the Ferguson-Brown manufactured around 1300 tractors. Of that number of tractors only a handful of the vineyard variety was produced.

66 The finished article
The late burst of fine weather this year gives Ben Phillips the ideal opportunity to round off the restoration of the MF 250 we have been following.

Farming heritage

23 Major Evolution
We continue our celebration of 60 years of the Fordson Major as it went on to become one of the most popular tractors sold in the British Isles.

34 Unsung heroes
John Deere tracked tractors, or agricultural crawlers, are virtually unknown yet played a significant part in the introduction of the ‘New Generation’ range of tractors marketed worldwide.

60 Generations on the land: Return of the Ford
Farming is governed by the changing seasons and weather. The same can also be said for farming techniques and methods as this series of articles following three generations on the same farm has tried to show.

64 Farmers in art
Over in Pembrokeshire, artist Jean Thomas finds inspiration in farmers and their tractors.

69 Nuffield: A Power-House on Wheels
Alec’s Cuttings follows the development of the Nuffield Universal tractor after its introduction at the 1948 Smithfield Show.


18 Single and Triple furrows in Athy
More classes of ploughing over in Athy, Co Kildare, included the single-furrow, three-furrow and Macra classes at the recent NPA All Ireland Ploughing Championships.

92 Come hell or high water
Tracks Across the Field is now in its 15th year and has become such a firm favourite on the event calendar it looks like nothing can stop it in its tracks.

95 Road runs, rallies and ploughing event reports
Our roundup of what’s going on out and about on the tractor scene.

104 Sales & Marketplace
We report on a very successful Sale of Tractors, Implements & Spare Parts by Brown & Co at this year’s Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show.