Yearly Archives: 2018

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

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.

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. 


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.”

Vintage Tractor Road Run held at Manor Farm, Pinvin, Pershore

Vintage Tractor Road Run – Pinvin, Pershore

Vintage Tractor Road Run held at Manor Farm, Pinvin, Pershore on Sunday 10th June. Thirty three vintage tractors took part covering 31 miles around the Pershore area in glorious sunshine raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK. A total of £1020.00 was raised which was fantastic! Many thanks to everyone who took part and thank you to everyone who donated so generously, your support was most appreciated. Jonathan Parkes. (Area Rep, Herefordshire & Worcestershire.)

Carrington Rally

Carrington Rally…near Boston – Good news!

Three very proud Lincolnshire club members after receiving the cup and a bottle of prosecco for the best judged stand at this years Carrington rally near Boston. This years theme was Orchard and Vineyard tractors, Many thanks to club members that brought their tractors, we had a 1949 TE 20 Reekie Orchard. 1954 TE 20 Vineyard. 1956 TE 20 Vineyard. 1957 FE 35 Vineyard. 1960 MF 35 Vineyard. Also on the stand 1956 TED 20. 1963 MF 35X. 1965 MF 135. 1969 MF 165. 1977 MF 565. Many thanks to Rally vice chairman and tractor steward Malcolm Robinson for giving us a large plot in a prominent position next to the parade ring. John Sharpe.



AGM/AMW 2019


Was held between  5 – 7 April 2019… 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.


Found – tractor paperwork

Found – Reg document for KTT 786 & FE35 Ins. Book

Just found some interesting documents in the back of the archives and thought they might be of interest to the membership.

  1. The original Devon County Council Taxation Dept.  Registration document for KTT 786 serial number S37720B, engine number TEA69626.
  2. A FE35 tractor instruction book for SKF64134 with handwritten service history from 1958 to 1981 with details of what was done and the hours the tractor was serviced at.

If you are interested in these items please contact Denise Bailey or Jo Pickering – details in “Contact” section of this website.

Fergie in Harrods

Ferguson Tractor in Harrods window promotion

Harrods Store in Knightsbridge played a big part in a recent film – Peter Rabbit.

All of the store windows were turned over to the films promotion. A fergie tractor was required to be part of the window display. The security barriers on each entrance meant the tractor had to be narrow – a standard Fergie would be too wide. A Vineyard (TEL 20) was sourced and the photos tell the rest of the story. The tractor was in place for the months of March/April 2018.