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AGM/AMW 2019

THE FERGUSON CLUB AGM 2019

Was held between  5 – 7 April 2019…..in Wells, Somerset

Over 100 Ferguson Club members and guests had a fabulous weekend. It was professionally organised by Robin Hatcher and his family. The AGM on the Saturday took care of the Clubs business and we learnt of the great success of the Ferguson Club over the last 12 months. There are now over 2,600 paid up members of this great Club. Coaches took the party to the Hayes Motor Museum for the afternoon.

The evening reception and banquet was great fun raising money for local charities through  the auction and raffle. Sunday was a pleasant day out at a local country museum with plenty of vintage tractors.

 

Tracker

Tractor Security

After many phone calls from you, the members of the Ferguson Club, about tractors and implements being stolen asking “what can we do”, I am pleased to say that after many months of working behind the scenes on your behalf, I have managed to source what I think is a great deal currently exclusive for Ferguson Club members – It’s not released for general sale yet!
The company “Tracker” have come to our aid with a Brand New battery powered tracking unit (See photo 1). You do not need to leave your battery connected to your tractor all the time – or, if fitted to an implement (which don’t have batteries). It will still work.
Tracker have provided every Police force in the country with detection systems for their cars, so if a unit is activated (alarmed), when it gets in range of a Police car their tracker finder will ping, alerting the officers of a stolen tractor in their range wherever it is, even if its in a covered vehicle or building.
The unit is attached to our tractor “Hidden away”, but with a small lead to it (so we can charge its battery once a year via this lead), it has its own internal battery which has a five year life guaranteed.
The unit works via a fob (see picture 2). If this is within 10 metres of the tractor it can be moved without a problem. If the fob is not in range the system will contact a call centre – which will set off an Alarm. Tracker personnel will phone you , the registered owner, asking if you are moving the tractor and if you are then they will de activate it. If you are not – then it will be put on the system for any Police vehicle to trace. (All this takes ten minutes- subject to you answering your phone or if you miss two calls it will go “active”).
The fob only needs to be in your pocket for the system to know you are allowed to move the vehicle, if you put your tractor on a trailer and have the fob in your pocket no problem.
The cost retail is £361, but Ferguson Club members will be able to get the unit for £199.00 plus there is a yearly monitoring fee:
1 year subscription £99 including VAT (should be £179)
3 year subscription £249 including VAT, (should be £449)
5 year subscription £399 including VAT – Not available to the general public.

Just Call James (07764 254740 ) at Tracker and use the code Ferguson Club AD1290 for the discount. I’m having one these units on trial on my vintage kit – I have to know it will work! (bet it was free –Editor)
I have looked at other security devices: some are just painted markings (OK it is very special paint) and it won’t just scrape off. Another is having security codes stamped into the tractor’s parts. All seem to be within a few pounds of each other – so it’s a case of paying your money and taking a chance.
Mr Peter Aston will have a Tracker unit for you to look at so look out for the Ferguson Clubs Sales stand.

Alan Dunderdale DVLA Liaison Officer.

Seeking Tractor HRM957

Seeking Tractor HRM 957

I’d like to know if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 1949 petrol Ferguson registration HRM 957, believed to have been originally sold by County Motors of Carlisle. It comes up on the DVLA database and I’d like to contact the owner for an article I’m researching. Many thanks…Sandy Cox…Assistant Editor, Classic Tractor
sandy@classictractormagazine.co.uk

 

Tractor World Spring 2019

Tractor World Spring 2019 – Malvern

An excellent weekend spent at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern on the club stand. My thanks to all 25 tractor and 10 implement owners who kindly displayed their machines. An excellent variety of original, restored, concours and one off tractors. Congratulations to Geoff and Steven, Haydn and Edwin for winning five trophies between them. Many thanks to everyone who helped out during the weekend, you all know who you are and your help was gratefully appreciated. I think that those of you who attended the show will agree with me that the display of tractors and the friendly banter on the stand was a credit to all the club members who took part in the weekend. A full write up will be in the summer edition of the Journal. Many thanks again to all those who took part and helped out. Jonathan Parkes.

Some pictures from Tractor World Malvern this last weekend, marvellous display and support from members, thanks to Jonathan Parkes for organising and all the members who helped. We have 20 new members plus loads of renewals. Best display of Tractors and implements ever at this show plus we had 5 Prize-winners  (Peter Aston)…….

 

 

Letters on Aluminium Bonnet

Letters on Aluminium Bonnet

Dear Sir.

Please apologise the inconvenience this message causes you, but it
concerns a historical point that I would like to resolve about the
manufacture of Ferguson tractors.

We know that a small number of Ferguson TE, TEA, TEF… tractors were
assembled between 1947 and 1952 with pressed aluminium body parts.

As far as I know, these parts are systematically non-load-bearing and
concern either the side panels of the bonnet, the grids, the bonnet, the
dashboard or the fuel tank.
I don’t know of any rear fenders or aluminum seats, for example.

We also know that Ferguson tractors were manufactured at Banner Lane’s
shadow factory in Coventry.
The plant was built and financed in 1939 by the British Air Ministry on
93,000 square metres and rent to the Standard Motor Company who has had
to carry out work “in the shadows” of its skills as an automotive engine
manufacturer, parts for 20,000 radial wave jacket engines Hercules VIII
type, as a subcontractor for the manufacturer Bristol Aeroplane.

The Standard Motor Company also contributed to manufacturing at its
Canley industrial site, which came into service in 1916 and was located
in the southwest suburbs of Coventry:
3000 fuselages for Bristol Beaufighter aircraft.
1100 De Havilland Mosquito, mainly the FB VI type.
750 Airspeed Oxfords.
4000 Jeeps and Beaverette light armoured vehicles.

The attribution of the origin of aluminium parts in the bodywork of
Ferguson’s tractors is often justified by the state of the British
economy at the end of the Second World War, by the appalling winter of
1946-1947, by shortages of raw materials, particularly steel and finally
by the rationing implemented by Clément Attlee governement between 1945
and 1951.

There were therefore deficiencies in the supply of steel filled by the
use of aluminium plates.

The main issue I would like to resolve is the exact origin of these
aluminium plates.
It is said on some websites that they would be parts of the cabin of
reformed or wrecked aircraft.
No documents, no sources, no evidence are published to support these
statements. Nothing exists other than the facts that show that aluminum
was used.

It so happens that I have on a TEA tractor, an entiere hood cover
completely made of aluminium, which is nothing original; but what is
unique, I think, is that under the original paint now very worn, you can
see in its middle the letters and numbers: BB3 ODQ, of a seize near
eight milimeter high and large each, over which the Ferguson grey paint
was applied in the factory.
This provides a serious indication that this is a reuse of an aluminium
sheet, previously used for another purpose, with a marking unrelated to
Ferguson.

Do you have a specific clue to identify this code ?

Knowing that the Standard Motor Company has manufactured fuselages parts
for the Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter plane in Coventry, could the
code B.B 3 have anything to do with this aircraft?
Maybe, the BB.3 code could have a signification for any Bristol plane
like the Beaufort, or the Blenheim ones ?

I hope to be able to count on your understanding and help, and I would
like to thank you in advance.

 Editor’s note  ; If anyone can provide any further information or has any answers raised in this letter please contact Website Co-ordinator / Gary Anderson and we will forward as appropriate.

2019 Dates

Shows/Rallies for your Diary 2019

FOR INFORMATION ONLY
Somerset Vintage Show January 26/27th(RH)
Contact Robin Hatcher(Somerset Area Rep)
Tractor World. Malvern February 23/24th(JP)
Contact Jonathan Parkes(Hereford/Worcester Area Rep)
Tractor World Scotland March 23/24th(KB)
Contact Kevin Britton(Ayrshire Area Rep)

Abergavenny Steam Rally May 26/27th(PA)
Contact Peter Aston(Gwent Area Rep)
Royal Bath & West Show May 29th(4 Days)(RH)
Contact Robin Hatcher (Somerset Area Rep)
East Wales & Borders Rally June 29/30th(PA)
Machen Show July 6th (PA)
Castle Combe Rally May 18/19th(PA)
Much Marcle Rally July 20/21st(JP)
Welland Steam Rally July 26/27/28th(IR/JP)
Brecon Show. August 3rd (PA)
Three Cocks Vintage Rally. August 11th (PA)

Yesterdays Farming,Somerset. August 17/18th(PA)
Usk Show. September 14th (PA)
Llangattock Ploughing & Show. September 22nd(PA)
Ferguson T-20 European Ploughing. South Lincolnshire September 15th(DC/JJ/)
Tractor World Show, Newbury. No Show in 2019
National Ploughing Nocton.Lincolnshire. October 12/13th(DC/JJ)
Newark Vintage Tractor Show. November 9/10th (DC/JJ)

Theft of Fergie

Stolen Ferguson TE20

A Fergie was stolen from Braunston-in-Rutland, near Oakham.

Details are …Number plate JRP676
Manufactured 1954
Chassis no. 359118
Two rear new tyres

If anyone is aware of the whereabouts of this tractor please contact the Ferguson Club Chairman – Kevin Britton or the owners….at Gable Cottage on Tel: 01572723382. Thank you.

 

Newark Show

The Newark Vintage Tractor Show

Success again for the Lincolnshire area of the Ferguson Club winning best group stand at the show. Thanks go to Malcolm Robinson for nominating us for this award.
Thank you to all club members and wives for help setting up on Friday manning the stand all weekend and taking down Sunday night, to the chairman, vice chairman and all area reps far and wide for their help and support on the stand. Special thanks to Peter Aston for bringing displays and manning the merchandise stall and signing up new members. To Judy for her floral displays of pots and buckets which enhance the look of the stand and play a functional role, also her wonderful Armistice Sunday Centenary Display. To David for serving tea/coffee and the generosity of the visitors resulting in £178 in the pot for John and Judy to present to Macmillan Cancer Care. Thank you to members who brought tractors and implements to display on the stand, it was a bonus when we finished up with a winner on the stand Chris Turner from South Yorkshire with his 1955 TEF 20.
John, Nigel and myself spent most of Saturday judging which is a hard day due to the standard of restorations but one we all enjoy. This year we had the best entry of Ferguson implements ever both on and off the stand the winner being the original mk1 three ton tipping trailer owned by Colin Taylor, commiserations to all you runners up.
Overall it was a good show and a great weekend for the club and the visitors.
Regards John Sharpe.

Carrington Rally 2019

Carrington Rally 2019

To celebrate 60 yrs of the rally the theme will be made and supplied in Lincolnshire.
The Ferguson Club is looking for members with implements or memorabilia with a Lincolnshire connection to display on the stand. We also require nine tractors to cover all four registration areas of the County.
-DO and -JL  Holland.
-CT and -TL.  Kesteven.
-BE  -FU and -FW. Lindsey.
-FE and -VL  Lincoln.
Any members with Ferguson or MF tractors with these registrations please contact any of the following if you can help.

David Chapman. 07966402141
Nigel Harness. 07702322088
John Sharpe. 07971286030

E Anglian Ploughing Match

East Anglian branch of Ferguson Club Ploughing Match

The East Anglian branch of the Ferguson Club held their 16th annual ploughing match on 7th October 2018.The match was held by kind permission of the Turner family of Ampton Hall Estates.
Ploughing conditions were challenging because of the dry weather prior to the day .The ground was very hard and some drivers found it difficult to make a satisfactory job of their 75 x 13 metre plot.
43 vintage and classic tractors took part of which 17 were grey Fergusons. Each driver received a plaque Lindy sponsored by Silver Fox tractor spares ltd.
Ferguson Champion was David Allen
Lady Champion.    Colleen Pearce
Novice ploughman  Peter Wilson
Classic Mounted  Martin Wilkinson
Vintage Mounted .Paul Sadler
Best restored Ferguson. Peter Rudling.
A donation was send to Papworth Hospital.The event was organised by Henry Castle & Don Sapsford of the Ferguson Club.              Photos by Angela Lord

Chance of a Lifetime

1950 Feature Film – “Chance of a Lifetime”

We came across the above film recently and was surprised to see it featuring an early Ferguson TE20 tractor.Starring: Basil Radford, Kenneth Moore, Niall MacGinnis, Bernard Miles, Hattie Jacques.
Great Britain At It’s Best, Innovative Engineering and Manufacturing.
The workers in a small plough factory take over the firm, but when a large order falls through, the old management come back to help out. At the time it was very Political and even Harold Wilson’s Cabinet had to intervene as to whether to release it to the Public.

Stolen Tractor

Ferguson TED20  – Stolen Tractor

If anyone has any news on being able to locate this tractor – it was recently stolen:

Name;  Michel Warner….Tractor;  Ferguson TED

Serial Number  TED220433…..Registration number  GYL 191C

Colour Green……..Stolen on 9th July 2018 from Thruxton Down, Andover, Hants

Please contact Michel on ……01264772448

Mid Suffolk Tractor Road Run,

Mid Suffolk Tractor Road Run,

60 tractors took part in the annual event on one of the hottest days of the year. The route of about 18 miles went through local Suffolk villages and some very bumpy farm tracks. After about 10 miles a pit stop was organised and a very welcome bottle of water was handed out.
The road run has become part of a Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display.Various trade stands attended together with stationary engines,vintage tractors and classic cars. A small static display of MF 35s celebrating 60 years of Massey Ferguson.
The whole event was organised by local Rotary clubs and by Ferguson club member Don Sapsford. An estimated total of £2500 was raised in aid of St Elisabeth Hospice Ipswich and St Nicholas Hospice ,Bury St Edmunds.

 

Deeping Carnival

Deeping Carnival

Pictures showing Market Deeping Carnival MF 35X Vineyard and TEC20 Narrow. Tractors owned by Douglas Baker. They are painted pink in memory of Douglas’s daughter Lucy, who passed away from cancer. Douglas raises awareness and money for Sue Ryder Hospice charity. Douglas can be contacted on phone no 07702496211, if you wish to add further support.

 

Stolen 35

Stolen 35, Can anyone Help

This tractor was stolen from the drive today. 15/06/2018
First registered on 1/8/1959;  Reg No: 803 GKO,  Chassis No: JDM153632,  
If anyone has any information please contact Roger or the local Police.
My mobile number is 07702004815. 
Many thanks for your help. 
 Roger.

 

Where is it now!

OBT 594 – Does anyone know where it is now?

” Can anyone help me find a TEF 20 tractor OBT 594 which was owned by my father, Mr. AH Laverack, Four Gates, Howden Road, Holme on Spalding Moor, York, until 1976 when it was sold to Paul Seward.

Please contact Malcolm Laverack on 07720 251920. Thank you.”