Tractor & Farming Heritage | July 2014

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3 Welcome

18 News
All the latest news in the world of
tractors and heritage.

20 Graham’s Grumbles
Graham Hampstead asks for our loyal
country readers’ support to squash the
moves afoot to try and ban bird scarers.

24 Tractor Talk
Your news, views and comments about
the vintage and classic scene.

82 Totally International
Jo Roberts meets a tractor mechanic, a
specialist in all things International.

88 Beyond the calls of duty
Between all his other jobs, Graham
Hampstead still manages to sneak some
work in on the Super Dexta.

114 Next month
Preview of the August issue of Tractor&
Farming Heritage magazine.

146 Last Word
We find out where Farmer Brown’s
nickname came from, and how he
came to be such a ‘dapper’ countryside


6 Fergie family connection
Denis Bell tells us why his two grey
Fergies are so special.

12 National Road Run
Full report on the NVTRR from
Shropshire where more than £10,000
has already been raised for good causes.

28 Getting your tractors out of the shed
Tractor rallies don’t have to be boring
and they can be fun.

32 The flexible Fordsons
We meet Peter and Mark Dean who
have restored a Chaseside front loader
as well as an E27N snowplough.

38 Thurles tractor challenge
Tractors new and old were invited to
Thurles in Ireland in an attempt to set a
new Guinness World Record .

40 Readers’ tractors
American farmer John ‘Tom’ Burgin tells
us why his family have always trusted
the Allis-Chalmers name.

42 Ready for the main event
We complete our preview of the main
themes marking Blue Force 1000 event
at the Newark Showground.

44 Presenting: The Fordson Majorettes
Dave Taylor explains how the Majorettes
formation team came about.


46 Three of a kind
Jonathan Whitlam takes a dip into his
photographic archives to find two
Lamborghini 854DTs and a R854.

50 Farming in France
Tony Rimmer embraces life in the local
farming community and finds that there
is plenty to do in ‘retirement’.

54 The history of Fendt
Although Fendt is now part of the AGCO
Corporation, it still remains justifiably
proud of its long history.

60 Tractors at War
Stuart Gibbard explains how the tractor
played its part in mechanising British
agriculture during the First World War.

64 David Brown’s greatest years
We preview historian Stuart Gibbard’s
latest book – the second part of his
David Brown Tractor Story.

66 Building the perfect collection
Nothing stands in the way of Steven
Smith creating his collection; if a model
hasn’t been made yet that he wants, he
just sets to and builds it.

70 Spirit of ’76
Emblazoned with the stars and stripes,
the Spirit of ’76 was a special limited
edition of the Case 1570 Agri-King.

71 Tractor Archive
More heritage memories from the
farming literature of yesteryear.

76 Home Farm Diaries
H R is ready to take on all the challenges
hay time can throw at him; including the
annual battle with rooks to save his crop.

80 The staple stuff of British agriculture
Yorkshire fog and crested dogstail don’t
sound too important but they are of one
of the most important grown–grass!


92 I’ve been waiting for you
Ben Phillips likes his MF 135s; but he also
has a soft spot for the MF 65 – and finally
one comes into his workshop.

96 Spring maintenance
As it is the start of the rally season and
summer road runs, Richard Lofting gives
us some practical advice.


101 What’s on
Your guide to heritage days out
throughout the season in our
comprehensive event guide.

106 Products
All the latest tractor and farming
heritage related product releases.

108 Sales & Auctions
Review of the Cheffins Vintage Sale in
April where a record number of tractors
were up for sale.