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Brent Thomas Ferguson Sales Auction

Record pricing for Auction of Brent Thomas’s Ferguson Collection

On Saturday 5th September HJ Pugh & Co. carried out the auction of Brent Thomas’s Ferguson Collection. Brent has been collecting Ferguson tractors and implements for over 30 years. He decided the time was right in his life to sell his entire collection. There were many rare Ferguson items in original condition.

What was really amazing to all those who were there and watching online were the prices being obtained.

Almost all of the original Ferguson items broke all previous pricing records on the hammer. Many of the items were sold with online bids and some will be going overseas. For a full list of hammer prices click on the attached link:-

https://www.easyliveauction.com/catalogue/03547b5d3edb9cf8d09cdb884e7b7fe1/0af8d24542e81eb9357e7ef448a6646f/ferguson-collection-comprising-rare-and-original-tractors-i/

Charity UK Tour

GRAHAM AND TED’S UK CHARITY TOUR – latest news below.

It is with a heavy heart that Graham & Ted have decided to delay their charity road run until early next summer. They both feel that under the current Gov’t restrictions regarding COVID-19 that to carry out such an event would be ill advised. Both for themselves and everyone else involved in support. They would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generosity so far, both in donations and hospitality. Further updates will be posted on this website.

Graham Dell from Worcestershire and Ted Lake from Buckinghamshire will be embarking on an epic UK tour on a MF 2135 and David Brown 780 no later than first week of September. ( start date to be confirmed ). They are starting from Malvern in Worcestershire, across to the east coast, up to Scotland, John o’ Groats, the west coast of Scotland, across to Belfast, down through Southern Ireland, across to Fishguard, Devon, Land’s End, the south coast of England and back to Malvern. Travelling some 2500 plus miles they are raising money for Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Lupus UK and Fibromyalgia UK. Further details will be in the spring issue of the Journal and updates on this website. Please give your generous support to these two Gent’s in their tour of the British Isles. Graham can be contacted on : 07860 361145 or e-mail : grahamdellboy@aol.com (Graham will send you a Sponsorship form if needed)

 

Searching for MF135

Searching for a MF135 (HTD 976F)

I am trying to trace a Massey Ferguson 135 (HTD 976F) that my Grandfather purchased new in 1968. It was part exchanged in 1978 with a local machinery dealer and I believe it was possibly sold on to another local farmer in or around Preston Lancashire in 1978. Unfortunately, that is the limit of my knowledge at present. I believe it was last taxed for road use in 1989. I am hopeful that it is still in the area but I appreciate that a lot of time has elapsed. I would greatly appreciate if anyone can shed any light on its current whereabouts. Please feel free to contact me on 07840 563315…Thank you…..Matthew

 

Finding a Fergie

Have you seen this Ferguson TEF 20 ? 

Chassis no.TEF 501074 – Manufactured 1956 Registration no. TMO249  (Later) Registered 1959

Horticultural History ; In 1956 this Ferguson was the first tractor purchase and used in the creation of the first two of six Polo Ground’s at smiths Lawn ,Windsor Great Park, Royal Berkshire. We lived and grew at the foot of the polo grounds at Smith Lawn in a crown house called Flying Barn. Windsor park covers about 5,000 acres of beautiful majestic pine and broad leaf forestry, arable and live stock farming, Ornamental Gardens, and Course fishing lakes that contain some of the largest pike I have ever fished for.

My father a 3rdgeneration Groundsman Ray Nash worked for the Household Brigade Guards Polo Club from 1955 to 1973. as  head Groundsman. This Ferguson was used to draw a set of nine Ransomes Mk10 gang mowers, Chain Harrow, belt driven Circular Saw, Patterson spiker and rollers, Ferguson tipping Trailer, Muck Spreader, Rear Loader,  Sisis slit Spiker, Vicon wheeled Fertilizer Spreader etc.

Before leaving The Polo Club in 1973 to move to South Wales, my father purchased this Ferguson where it was dry stored  after being replace in the late 1960’s with two refurbished David Brown 850’s which where donated to the polo club by member David Brown himself. I later joined my parents in Wales a year after completing my Apprenticeship at Huxley s Garden Machinery, that used to be based in Staines, Middlesex.

In 2004 my father and mother Dilys decided to donate the Ferguson back to Polo Club after property down sizing from the beautiful rural area of Moelgiliau, llangienor to the town of Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan. At that time , ( Son ) I was not in a position to take on the tractor as I had just moved with my wife from Bridgend to Pembrokeshire. All I know is that my late sister contacted the polo club office which was located at the royal Mews near Windsor Castle and arranged for it to be collected by Paul the Groundsman. Later I found out that there was alleged talk of using it for a childrens playground or left in some crown estate park to deteriorate. Last year I spent a several days visiting retired Crown Estate worker friends in Windsor park,and i also needed to find out what happened to my fathers Ferguson over 16 years ago. I later made enquires to the polo manager at smiths Lawn, but unfortunately he has not seen this tractor and does not know where it has gone . As a retired time served Horticultural/Plant/HGV Mechanic and West Wales NVTEC member and recent new Ferguson Club Member, it would be nice to locate and restore this tractor, as it brings back many good childhood memory’s , and when I worked assisting my father as a teenage Groundsman.

Mr,John Nash ; Contact Via E-Mail at   john.jonnienash@gmail.com

Kevin Notice

***Notice from our outgoing Chairman – Kevin Britton***

As past Chairman I would like to wish our new Committee all the best in their new roles taking the Club forwards, growing its membership along the way.
My 2yrs have past quick, even with its ups and downs and would do it all again as its a fantastic club. Made loads of good friends along the way, up and down the Country, many thanks to all that have supported me
throughout my time on the Committee .
Will look forward to catching up at 2021 AGM weekend.
Thanks to all the Executive Committee.
Stay Safe Everybody, stay in, read Ferguson books and watch tractor dvds 🙂

Kevin….

Liquid Delights

MF Liquid Delights when the weather is scorching

While the Northern hemisphere is going through a very wet and cold winter the other half of our great planet is baking in some of the warmest temperatures for a long time. Here are a couple of recent photographs taken on Aldinga Beach, near Adelaide, Australia.
An entrepreneurial MF fan is towing his coffee bar along the white sandy beaches, refreshing tourists and locals while they struggle to cope with mid 40 degree weather. Enjoy!

Usk Show 2019

Usk Show 2019

Peter Aston – Ferguson Club rep for Wales (Gwent/E.Wales) would like to thank all who supported a fabulous Club stand at the Usk Show this year. Here are some photos of the day……

Lincolnshire Working Weekend

Lincolnshire Working Weekend – 14/15th September

Delgate Bank-Weston – Spalding – Lincolnshire. By Kind Permission of Lincolnshire Field Products
Around a year ago club member, Paul Beecham, who often helps with Lincolnshire events, offered to organise a working weekend. This set the ball rolling and ‘the team’ offered to hold the Ferguson Club European T20 annual Ploughing Match which follows the Ferguson Club Ploughing Rules of no weights on the plough and a straight top link. Rather challenging for land pounded down by huge combines and tractors with heavily laden trailers. The ploughman’s skills are certainly tested.
Lincolnshire Field Products were once again very obliging and two huge fields were made available for the general working day on Saturday and the ploughing on Sunday.
Planning began immediately: entry forms, welfare facilities, catering, ‘office’ for booking in, how many other ploughing classes, prizes, advertising, judges for the ploughing matches.
Lincolnshire has a good working team, with two area reps and members who readily come forward to assist in many different ways.
John Sharpe works meticulously to ensure the ploughing matches are run properly. The team are guided by his expertise and his enthusiasm is infectious.
The weather was really good for the whole time from getting ready on Friday to clearing up Sunday when the event had finished. Many enthusiasts took part on both days, there was much laughter and enjoyment. Simon Durrant stayed on site with his family, Julian and Alison Bellamy, whose property bordered on to the fields were very accommodating and helpful. Local tractor dealers bought modern tractors which looked enormous alongside a little Grey Ferguson and MF35. Many local companies donated raffle prizes which resulted in £205 being raised from tractor drivers and the public on Sunday. Over 50 tractors took part over the two day event which, after prize money was deducted, donations and raffle included, resulted in a total of £341 being raised for Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support.
The organisers would like to thank all who took part. We had tractors from Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and all parts of Lincolnshire. Club General Secretary, James Holland, came on his grey Fergie by road, travelling in excess of 20miles each way.
Stephen Watson attended on Sunday and I am sure you will soon see some of his photographs, some are already on Facebook.
Three other classes were run alongside the European T20 and the winners for all are as follows:

European T20 Ploughing Championship                    Vintage
1st Place      Charlie Roberts                                          Alan Thorpe
2nd Place     John Kitching                                             Brian Tidswell
3rd Place     Martin Jeffrey                                              David Savage

Classic                                                                            Novice
1st Place     John Sharpe                                                Paul Green
2nd Place    Gerry Hutchinson                                        Darren Shearwood
3rd Place     Mickey Smith

Don Sapsford giving John Instruction

Ploughmen at work

Charlie Roberts Winner of European T20 Ploughing Trophy

Paul Green Winner of Novice Class

John Sharpe Winner of Classic Class

 

 

 

Alan Thorpe Winner of Vintage Class

Thanks to all who took part, helped and supported in any way….John Jeffries

Marsham Show

Marsham Show Report (10-11th August 2019)

On Friday 9th August Ian Miller, the Area representative for Norfolk and the Lincolnshire team arrived at Marsham in Norfolk to prepare the Ferguson Club stand ready for the visitors to the Marsham Show on Saturday and Sunday.
David Chapman, John Sharpe, Nigel Harness, Adrian Wells and Ralph Wells arrived with their tractors and some implements, and John and Judy came with caravan in tow to park alongside the stand.
The tractors exhibited were:
MF 135, MF 35X, MF 35 Vineyard, Ferguson P3, Ferguson TEF. Both Ferguson’s had implements attached.

The flags and banners were put in place and the marquee was set up with tables and chairs to welcome visitors over the weekend. We had a few hair- raising moments with the high winds and extra straps and pegs were hastily added to the marquee. Current members were welcomed, new members enrolled, and Ian was on hand to chat with the locals. It was a lovely social weekend and John Sharpe won the Best Massey Ferguson In Show with his Massey Ferguson 135
We were surrounded by other clubs, some we know well, and some new friendships were formed.
Bob Parke and his team certainly pulled out all the stops to provide a memorable weekend where many charities benefited. We are really looking forward to The Ferguson Club attending next year. If members from Norfolk would like the opportunity to exhibit on the Club Stand in 2020 please contact Ian Miller 01379 676278.

Pictures from left to right….front view of Ferguson Club stand, Henry Castle admiring Nigel Harness’s Vineyard, the winning MF135 owned by John Sharpe

MF;751 TF – looking

Looking for a MF reg; 751TF

I was wondering if anyone knew the whereabouts of a red Massey-Ferguson registration number 751 TF, first registered in March 1963. The tractor belonged to my grandad, Jack Appleton of Mill House Farm, Rainford and he retired in 1965 and so this tractor was sold along with all the other farm implements. If anyone knows who now owns it, please could you contact me, Jacalyn, on 07985 905645 or email me at jackieho63@hotmail.com Many thanks.

 

2019 Chiltern Tractor Run

Tractor Run Success for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance

The Ferguson Club (Buckinghamshire,Berkshire & Oxfordshire) has been organising the Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity run for the last 13 years. The success of its fund raising for the local Thames Valley Air Ambulance is simply phenomenal. Each year records have been broken for the amount of money raised towards this great cause. 2019 was no exception. Thanks go out to all involved, both on the organising side and for those taking part and raising the sponsorship. Total for this one day in May vintage tractor run was £9,000 The historical total sum raised over the last 13 years now stands at £57,434.07 

Lost Tractor

Looking for TEA20 – SBH 347

I’m trying to locate an old family tractor reg SBH 347 photo attached, it’s not life or death but that’s me on the tractor a few years ago on the family farm my father is getting older now and thought it would be a nice thing to find it with potential to purchase and bring it back to the family! I learnt how to drive on that if you may know of its whereabouts please contact me on 07776392423 or email  ..John@tkingassociates.com

Thank you….

 

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.

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.