Tractor & Farming Heritage | October 2012

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3 Welcome

12 News
All the latest news of what’s going on in the tractor world.

70 Tractor Talk
All your views and the latest news and reviews of DVDs and farming heritage related products.

74 Model World
This month Henry Smith has tracked down the latest farm replicas along with an auction surprise!

76 Feeling the pressure
A mixed bag of jobs for Graham Hampstead this month as problems with pumps raise their heads on a Case 1194 and a David Brown 995.

80 The only way is vintage
Jo Roberts meets Peter Brown, a Shropshire gent who likes to sow, grow, harvest and thresh, all with vintage machinery.

84 A trip to the wild west of Lewis
Polly Pullar embarks on a marathon trip to Lewis and encounters some spectacular sights along the way.

87 Rare Breeds No. 103
Murray Grey Cattle.

112 Farming Focus: Down Cross lamb sales
In days of old, many farmers from the lowland farms would have made their way to St Boswells in the Scottish Borders to buy lambs.

114 Next month
Preview of the November issue of Tractor magazine.

Your tractors

6 Paired reds
Myles O’Reilly from Co Louth is currently building a collection of early to late classic Massey Ferguson tractors coupled to matched MF implements.

18 The County Line
Aberdeenshire has long been a stronghold for County tractors, whether they are on the thousands of rolling acres of farmland or deep in the forests of the well wooded hillsides of Deeside and Strathdon. Here we take a look at Tony Wood’s collection.

22 Make mine a double
David Bowers visits Matthew Davidson and Michael Done who have brought a David Brown Cropmaster and a Fordson Super Dexta back to life.

26 From the Road to Nowhere to Lost in France
Tony Rimmer’s song choices played in the Gobsmackers slot on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 show may well have turned out to be prophetic for the Nash Dash team, but they discovered a whole lot more on their ‘once in a lifetime’ road run.

35 On the Marshall line
A visit to Bredgar and Wormshill Railway to see a Fowler narrow gauge steam locomotive make its public debut following a lengthy restoration provides a connection to a fine tractor collection.

40 Family Ford
Nothing to do with Cortinas – this Ford 4000 has become part of the Mancini family, and has so far taken part in a family wedding, a funeral and a school prom.

44 Shopping trip to Belgium
Spotting an SFV 201 hot bulb tractor for sale was more than tempting and Richard Lofting and son-in-law Michael were not put off by the road trip to see Marc Geerkens, proprietor of Happy Old Iron, at Meeuwen in Belgium.

46 In its working clothes
This Nuffield Universal attracted lots of attention at the Chipping Steam Fair in May; much to the satisfaction and amusement of its owner, Jim Smith.

In the workshop

48 X Rated
Ben Phillips waxes lyrical about the Massey Ferguson 35X which was launched 50 years ago and, it’s fair to say, the 35 was the most popular selling tractor in the UK.

Farming heritage

50 Putting on the style
The Allan Taylor Company’s call to action for customers to find a tractor fit for purpose was: “Your desire to acquire the best tractor obtainable justifies your fullest investigation with regard to... design, quality of material, workmanship.” Its Coronation tractor also had the style to grace the best golf courses in the land!

53 Veteran Tractors: Samson Sieve-Grip 6-12
Continuing our overview of veteran tractors, we focus on the Sieve-Grip – brainchild of Californian inventor, John M Kroyer; a Danish émigré who founded the Samson Iron Works at Stockton on January 1, 1898.

54 Roots to the past
Peter Nunn tells of the events that led to the merger of his family firm, Frank J Nunn & Sons Ltd, whose roots can be traced back to 1800, into Thurlow Nunn – serving much of East Anglia.

58 Tractor Gallery
Our image this month is a Massey Ferguson 265 fitted with grass tyres and still in daily use at the Wooler Golf Course in Northumberland.

60 Dreadnoughts and Robots take over
In the final part of our review of the 1962 Royal show we focus on the developments and innovations that set out to revolutionise the world of agriculture.

65 Tractor Archive
More farming memories depicted in implement and agricultural brochures of the day. This month the Howard Rotavator.


88 What’s on
Our comprehensive guide to heritage days out throughout the rally season in our events listings.

92 Tractor events
Reports on road runs, rallies and ploughing matches around the tractor and heritage scene.

98 Sales & Marketplace
We report on the bargains to be had at the Cheffins Vintage Auction, Sutton, Cambs on July 28.