Ferguson Tractors at the Antarctic – First motorised vehicles to get to South Pole
Sir Edmund Hillary, right, and Jim Bates, after arrival at the American Scientific Station at the South Pole on 4th January 1958.
Sir Edmund Hillary, right, and Jim Bates, after arrival at the American Scientific Station at the South Pole on 4th January 1958.
Ferguson Club members can order from Mike Thorne at £30 per book including postage. Please contact Mike directly on 01769-540233 and he will send you the book directly….
This book is a real gem detailing all aspects of the MF35 and MF65. From MH and Ferguson origins all the way through to the implements and accessories plus special variants. The famous MF detailed literature is also included specific to these tractors. Written in Mike Thorne’s relaxed but professional and informative style. Those of us who have read Mike’s TE20 in detail will enjoy this follow on publication, the similarities of these more advanced tractors to the TE20 are featured throughout.
Ferguson club member and long time employee of Ferguson/MF – Bob Dickman – has a section in the book towards the end which also makes lovely reading.
The Ferguson Club once again had a successful and enjoyable time at the recent Newark Vintage Show.
There were tractors and implements on the stand from Ireland, Essex, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, along with Club Merchandise.
Two of the tractors and a plough were awarded trophies as follow:
John McGann, from Ireland, won The Best Massey Ferguson 135 in Show- a new trophy for 2014 presented by The Ferguson Club;
Mark Andrew won the Swindells Trophy for Best Ferguson TE20 Continental;
Mick Webster was awarded The Best Ferguson Implement in Show.
There was a steady flow of members and visitors to the stand over the two days. John Jeffries and his team ensured our ‘Friendly Club’ ethos was followed by offering a warm welcome, tea and biscuits, advice and a good old fashioned natter.
We are already looking forward to next year’s show and hope you will be there too.
The weekend of 4th and 5th October was The East Anglia Ploughing Match Championship. On Saturday morning the weather was lovely, but then the heavens opened, 10mls was deposited! Fortunately Sunday was fine and very sunny, the ground dried up and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, producing some very fine work. The event was held at Hall Farm Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmund by kind permission of Mr Andrew Long and organised by club members Henry Castle and Don Sapsford.
In all 65 vintage and classic tractors took part, including members of the Ford Fordson Association and 6 lady drivers. Each tractor driver received a plaque kindly sponsored by Silver Fox Tractor Spares. Thanks were given to the 4 Society of Ploughmen judges who awarded points for each ploughed area. The results were:-
Lady champion. Carole Cage, 2nd. Gemma Arbon and 3rd. Diane Buddle.
Ferguson champion. Jim Mawer, 2nd. Richard Daff and 3rd. Steve Arbon.
Open Class. 1st. Richard Parrott, 2nd. Bob Callaby and 3rd. David Curtis.
Best tractor and plough. Sarah Tween.
£450 was sent to The East Anglian Air Ambulance
Next year this event will be held on the 3rd and 4th October 2015 when it will assume the mantle of The Ferguson TE20 European Championship, an event previously so ably run by Basil George.
Pictures show a 1937 McCormick Deering whose driver ploughed happily all day!
Henry Castle presenting Sarah Tween with the shield for the best turned out Tractor and Plough. Her M-F 35X was restored in memory of her granddad.
Proceedings were being observed by aliens!
On Saturday the 18th. October a few of our Club members attended the annual charity ploughing match organized by the Peterhead Rotary Club. After a wet and windy morning it turned out a lovely sunny day. Three of our members featured in the prize list by doing a great job, they were, Douglas Scott, Bob Milne and Bob Shepherd.
Cheers, Henry Pirie.
On Sunday 14 September, the second European T.20 Tractor and GP Plough Championship was held at Tyn y Caeau Farm, Marcross, Vale of Glamorgan by kind permission of John Evans and family.
Weather conditions were perfect, albeit that the top 3” of the field were as dry as a bone. However, all the ploughs handled the conditions first class.
Seventeen entries were submitted from across Wales and the southern parts of England for the draw. However, two entries pulled out before the event and so 15 competitors took part on the day.
The two judges were David Bowyer (Devon) and Bill Isaac (Wilts) and the results of the championship were:
Champion – for the second year: Keith Williams (Hereford), 2nd Will John (Pembs), 3rd John S Evans (Pembs), 4th Graham L Jones (Flint), 5th Roy Jury (Devon)
International Team Wales: Will John (Pembs), John S Evans (Pembs)
Best Junior & Winner of the Ian Ferguson Shield: Sam Ritchie (Powys)
Highest Scoring Welshman: Will John (Pembs)
Best turned out T.20 Ferguson & Plough: Basil George (Glam)
Here is some photos from a recent rally at Scone Palace. The Ferguson Club stand was nearly filled to capacity with tractors ranging from a Ferguson Brown to a
MF135 plus a range of implements. The Club was delighted to welcome Philippa with her pink & gold TE-F & her friend Shane with his Ford 2N. Another very pleasant surprise was a visit, completely out of the blue, of our esteemed Chairman Brian Pickering & his “guardian angel” Jo Pickering our Membership Secretary.
The Ferguson Club won a trophy for “Best Stand”
As I get older it seems the years go by that bit quicker. On 13 August I did the annual trip to Fonmon Castle for the Cowbridge Show. I arrived at 7.30am to find the Tractor Boys from Aberthin set up and bushy-tailed. Their site was large enough to hold upwards of 30 tractors and implements on show and the flower arrangements were even better than last year. There was a large number of T.20 and M/F tractors on the stand, some in their working clothes and others looking as if they had just come out of the factory.
The Ferguson Club decided not to erect a stand this year because the fee requested for the area needed was far too high. Of all the shows we attend, as well as other events, we are never asked to pay a fee and I feel we are part of the heritage of farming throughout the country.
They say that behind every good man there is a good woman and the Aberthin Boys have a very good group who work very hard in the background, so we had to drag them out for a team photograph – well done all.
I am a longstanding member of the Glamorgan Iron Horse Vintage Society, but I must admit I am not a very active member. Quite a number of their members are also members of the Ferguson Club. Their stand this year had been reduced in size but they put on a first class display.
One of our club members, Tom Thomas, was missing this year due to ill health. However, his very good friend, Mr I Barwick, aged 89 and who recently came out of hospital had his display of vintage brass items which seems to be growing year on year. The polishing of his collection must keep him very fit!
Basil George (Ferguson Club Rep. Wales (South)
I am organising a sponsored tractor expedition, to commence on 9th August. Naming it, “Tractor Bumble 2014″, I plan to drive from John O’Groats to Lands End) via Essex, then to head for Dover, where I’ll head up through Scandinavia to Nordkapp..and witness the Aurora Borealis. Then to return via Finland and back to John O’Groats, via Lands End…!
I have personally funded the purchase of the tractor, a vintage 1972 Massey Ferguson 135, aka ‘Annie’ (without a cab!) and a 28ft caravan, ‘Michelle’!! I imagine the trip will take three/four months…my apologies to all those stuck behind me!!
Back in the heady days of the 1980’s, I was in Young Farmers in Colchester, Essex…and it was during those years, two of my YFC friends in Colchester began dating, leading to them getting married..and having two children, Emma and Tom. Sadly, after a year’s battle, Tom died from cancer last year, aged just 19yrs. Therefore, my charities are fighting teenage cancer, through the Tom Bowdidge Foundation…and also UNICEF.
I have a son, Alistair, who is blessed with good health, I can’t imagine what my friends have and are still going through.
My faithful Labrador, Amber, will be keeping me company, and will naturally draw additional interest. On more temperate and dry days, she’ll occupy a cage fixed behind me, the tractor driver, furthering the attraction and attention! The driver of the tractor won’t get the luxury of avoiding the varieties of weather, come rain, snow or shine!
I hope there will be great interest in this hair brained idea!! I have arranged livery for all the vehicles, and I’ll be delighted for all support!! The caravan will also act as my ‘mobile billboard’, promoting all those who are supporting me during this venture. I intend visiting as many promotional opportunities as I can, including shows en route, Young Farmers’ Clubs, caravan parks, popular tourist areas and tv and local/national radio..to name but a few. I have already featured on Daily Mail online (22nd July) and the interest will surely grow. I hope to raise Â£100,000…
And anyone wanting to join I me to do a spot of driving, will be made very welcome! There’s the tractor AND Land Rover that needs piloting!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this…
With kind regards,
0750 811 5901
Facebook page: Tractor Bumble 2014
Two recent road runs have raised good sums of money for charities.
1. The Old Newton Tractor Road Run raised £210 for the fabulous MacMillan Care Nurses. Don Sapsford from Suffolk was the organiser and he wishes to thank all those that took part, despite the Cloud Burst!
2. The Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run. 54 Vintage tractors of all makes took part. Many pulling trailers with family and friends. The whole day event was conducted mostly off road through some of the most picturesque scenery in England. A record breaking total of £4,395.97 was raised for the local Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.
3. Ellon fire Station Open Day ; Gary Norrie organised this event in Aberdeenshire. The objective was to raise money for charity and amass a collection of vintage tractors from the local area. The Ferguson Club was a big supporter.
We managed to get from a 1939 Ford Ferguson 9N right the way up to a Massey Ferguson 6495. Going through the stage of TEA, TED, FE35, MF35, MF135,MF575
We had a fantastic turn out to our small town open day.
As always it is a great opportunity to fly the Ferguson Club Flag whilst on the small run through the town then followed by the parade.
I would like to thank my fellow member Henry Pire for helping on the day and Ellon Fire Station would like to thank the Ferguson Club for their very kind donation.
A few pictures follow of the event……
Andy Peters, of Persimmon Homes South Midlands, Coventry Lord Mayor Hazel Noonan and Richard Markwell, of Massey Ferguson
The new work is the gift of Massey Ferguson and its parent company AGCO. Crafted in bronze and granite, it was unveiled at a special ceremony on Sunday 6 July at Bannerbrook Park in Tile Hill, the site of the former factory.
“This new artwork celebrates the production of over 3.3 million Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors at Banner Lane from 1946-2003,” explains Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director, Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa, Middle East. “We are extremely proud of the legacy of the Banner Lane factory and the pioneering work of Harry Ferguson, which initially took us to the site. The creation of this prestigious new piece is a tribute to all those who worked there over a 60-year period. They helped drive the spirit and camaraderie of one of the world’s most famous farm machinery brands and laid the foundations for its ever-growing success today.”
Banner Lane was the largest tractor factory in the western world and, in further recognition of the Massey Ferguson legacy at the site, it is planned for a road to be named Ferguson Close while a new bridle path – Massey Ferguson Way – is scheduled to open in 2015.
AGCO fully vacated the Banner Lane site in 2006 and established its European Office facility at Abbey Park Stoneleigh, some eight miles away, where it employs 500 people.
July 6 had been chosen for the unveiling of the Massey Ferguson artwork as this marks the date that the first tractor, a Ferguson TE 20, left the assembly line 68 years ago.
Jemma is opening her studio to the public 26th to 28 July. The main attraction will be the clay original of the 7ft bronze plaque. As the clay sculpture dries out very quickly it will not last forever, but Jemma has been watering it nearly daily for 6 months! The net result is that it is still in one piece and shows all the detail in the same scale as the bronze piece. Anyone interested would be very welcome to come and see it during these three days.
The Studio is in Clun in South Shropshire and the address is: The Studio, Caradoc, Church Street, Clun, Shropshire, SY7 8JW.
At the Goodwood Festival of Speed 0n 27th June Bonhams auctioned the 1966 Felday-BRM 4 Group 7 sports-racing prototype car, raced by Mac Daghorn, and also by twice Formula 1 World Champion, Jim Clark.
The car was built by Peter Westbury and Mac at Felday Engineering in Surrey. Peter Westbury was himself an accomplished circuit racer who had previously won the British Hill Cimb Championship using the ex Stirling Moss front engined four wheel drive Ferguson-Climax P99.
The remains of the Felday 4 car are now in a pretty neglected and incomplete state, but it is undoubtedly an iconic milestone in motor racing history and a major restoration challenge awaits someone, with a guide price of £5-7,000.
There are in fact two cars built by Felday and originally using the FF system in the auction, lots 306 & 307. Refer to these links for final prices:-
Is This Something You can Do ?
Glynn Patrick, an ex MF Employee, has kindly offered to organise a visit to AGCO-France for Ferguson Club members. May/June 2015 has been suggested as a suitable date, and Glynn has suggested a day in Beauvais followed by a day in Paris, with dinner on the Seine.
Glynn will organise events in France but we need someone to organise group travel, co-ordinate overall and liaise with Glynn.
If you feel this is something you can do please get in touch with any of the Executive Committee.
Thank you……Judy Jeffries…..Club General Secretary…….firstname.lastname@example.org
The AGM will be held at Myerscough College, formerly known as The Lancashire College of Agriculture. The college estate extends to 605 hectares. Including several local farms and extensive gardens, grounds and accommodation. The college has over 7000 students. 2500 full time, studying Arboriculture, Agriculture, Motorsports, Mechanisation, Sports and Leisure, Golf, Landscape Design, Animal Care, Equine Studies, Horticulture, Sportsturf, Photography and Farriery/ Metalwork.
More to follow about our 2015 AGM & Members Weekend!
from Enid & Richard Hunt. Ferguson Club Suffolk Branch Summer BBQ – Thursday 22nd May 2014.
We held our summer BBQ at Rookey Farm Drinkstone by kind permission of Mr&Mrs R&P Baker We had two trailer loads and a mini bus of members and guests one of the trailers was pulled by J Proctor lovely mark1 65 still on the same farm. We were treated to some lovely wildlife, birds singing and wild flowers. In meadows that had no fertilizer or spray on them and four breeds of cattle Belted Galloway,Long Horns, South Devons, and Red-Poll, all with calves. What a fantastic sight and the bulls, Mrs Baker even scratched one of their backs. To finish the evening, the BBQ. It was all supplied by Elmswell butchers. and the puddings supplied by the Proctor family. Stephen Proctor presented Mrs Baker with bouquet & Mr Baker with a bottle of wine on behalf of the club for the wonderfull evening on their land.
………..and the following three events from Henry Pirie – Scotland
The NE Scotland branch of the Ferguson Club are very pleased to have a Ferguson Brown belonging to Brian & Neil Forbes as a regular visitor on the stand. It creates a lot of interest and lots of comments as they are a rather rare tractor
BA Stores Weekend Rally. 17/18th May.The weather was fine and the Club stand had a very busy day.
“Fergie Day” organised by Colin & Sylvia Pike on 11th May. A great day was had by all even though the weather was damp.
Pictures from 4th May successful Forres Rally
This year’s North Yorks. Working Weekend will be held at Allerton Park, Knaresborough, just to the York side of the junction of the A1 and the A59, on August 30.31st by kind permission of Lord Edward Stourton and Mr. Simon Armstrong.
All Ferguson owners with tractors built built before 1975 are welcome. Please bring your own refreshments
Please note that all entries must be covered by a public liability policy of not less than £2,000,000 and that all self propelled vehicles on site now need to be covered by Road Traffic Act 3rd party insurance.
Please contact Brian Pickering for further details on 01423 323177
The Event will take place at Tyn Cae Farm, Wick, Vale of Glamorgan. CF71 7QL. Anyone who wishes to take part is asked to contact Basil George on 01656 654440. The event is open to all competitors who abide by the rules of the Ferguson Club. A trophy and cash prizes will be awarded to all winning entries.
“Does anyone know the whereabouts of a 1948 TE20 originally registered as HWX 380 and last seen in the Harrogate, North Yorks area. If so, please contact Brian Pickering on 01423 323177. This is for a former owner wanting to know if his tractor has survived.”
http://www.tractorworldshow.co.uk The Ferguson Club won best club stand for the second year in a row. In 2013 the Club won with the famous “Airfix Ferguson” and in 2014 the subject was narrow/orchard/vineyard tractors. Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire Area Reps Gary and Wendy Downes were the organisers. A big thank you to them and their team for keeping the Ferguson Club at the top of the league!
Ferguson Club wins best National Club Stand at the Annual 2014 Tractor World Event – Malvern, March 2014
The Ferguson Club won best club stand for the second year in a row. In 2013 the Club won with the famous “Airfix Ferguson” and in 2014 the subject was narrow/orchard/vineyard tractors.
Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire Area Reps Gary and Wendy Downes were the organisers. A big thank you to them and their team for keeping the Ferguson Club at the top of the league!
2014 Event held at South View Park Hotel – Skegness
The weekend was well attended by many familiar faces from all corners of the UK and we were so pleased to see several new people too. Skegness and the surrounding area did us proud.
On Friday evening Gary Naylor spoke about farming on the marsh from the 1960s up to now. The Mayor and Mayoress opened the AGM and stayed with us most of the day.
Many visited two tractor collections on Saturday afternoon and were buzzing when they returned to Southview Park Hotel.
When last in Lincolnshire we were entertained by Trudie in Holbeach St Johns village hall. Well, we asked her to entertain us again, and she certainly did!! Please ask Peter Aston what his new name is when you see him out and about this summer. Our retiring Chairman was caught out too, but for a very good cause. The magnificent sum of £440.50 was raised for the South Holland Branch of the Macmillan Nurses.
Even though people did not go to bed very early Saturday we had an early start Sunday morning and travelled to Bell Brothers Nurseries near Boston. It was amazing how many questions were asked as the groups toured the site which has 22acres of glass houses.
65 people had lunch on the outskirts of Boston at a traditional Garden Centre and we said our goodbyes late afternoon.
We hope we have shown everyone who attended what a productive area of the country Lincolnshire is even though we are so flat, and they enjoyed their stick of Skegness rock too! (a couple of pictures below are from the weekend)
-Judy Jeffries (General Secretary)
Planned venues for next AMW/AGM’s
Preston/Lancashire – Mid April
Gary Downes has offered to organise at the Coventry Motor Museum – Mid April
The Old Twenty Parts Co. The Old Twenty Parts Co. are holding an anniversary open day at Field Farm, Shardlow, Derby on 26th April, 2014.
“Do try to support them and don’t forget, Ferguson Club members can get a 15% discount from Old 20 on all orders just by quoting their membership number.”
The Old Twenty Parts Co.
The Old Twenty Parts Co. are holding an anniversary open day at Field Farm, Shardlow, Derby on 26th April, 2014.
The Ferguson Club have an additional representative for Gloucestershire to support Ian Richings – It is Andrew Drinkwater; Andrew can be contacted on 01386 593016. Andrew and Ian will be sharing the Gloucestershire area. They hope to have an event locally in the early spring subject to weather conditions and they are looking forward to hearing from members with ideas for events they should attend or look to organising. Regards Ian Richings; email@example.com
New Ferguson Club Rep supports Gloucestershire
The Ferguson Club have an additional representative for Gloucestershire to support Ian Richings – It is Andrew Drinkwater; Andrew can be contacted on 01386 593016. Andrew and Ian will be sharing the Gloucestershire area. They hope to have an event locally in the early spring subject to weather conditions and they are looking forward to hearing from members with ideas for events they should attend or look to organising.
Regards Ian Richings; firstname.lastname@example.org