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Ferguson Information Exchange Forum

Ferguson Information Exchange Forum

The Forum was introduced to the Ferguson Club website in May 2021.  It recently came to our notice that many requests to register on the Forum had not received an Activation email, due to an incompatibility between the Forum software and the website software.

This has now been corrected and any members who would like to register or re-register to use the forum are invited to join.

Do visit and see what is already online by visiting the ‘Information Exchange Forum’ on the Ferguson Club website menu.

Apologies to any members whose registration could not be activated due to the missing emails.


Ferguson Club Ayrshire Winter Meetings..

Ferguson Club Ayrshire Winter Meetings

The Ferguson Club Ayrshire Division will be holding winter meetings at the

Black Bull Hotel  ; 7pm for 7.30pm start 10.00pm finish

Black Bull Hotel ; 2b montgomerie street ;Tarbolton ; KA55PR; Ayrshire

Wednesday12th October  ;  Wednesday 9thNovember ;  Wednesday14thDecember

January February March : Dates to be confirmed ; contact Kevin Britton for further details.


National Ploughing Championships – Oct 2022

Ferguson Club attending the National Ploughing Championships – Oct 2022 – Chatsworth

2022 British National Ploughing Championships (ploughmen.co.uk)

71st British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

8th & 9th October 2022
On the Chatsworth Estate, near Glapwell, North East Derbyshire

By kind permission of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire

Around 230 top ploughmen and women from all over Great Britain will compete this autumn in the 71st British National Ploughing Championships which will be held on the Chatsworth Estate on land near Glapwell, North East Derbyshire by kind permission of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire.  In the events’ 71 year history, this will be the first time ever that it has been held in the county of Derbyshire.

Two busy days – Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th – will be packed with competitions for many types of plough and styles of ploughing, the highpoint of which will be when the British Champions are crowned and the top competitors are selected to represent England at the 2023 World and European Ploughing Championships.

There will be a total of fifteen different ploughing classes over the two days (detailed below) plus in six of these classes, the top 10 competitors from the first day will take part in a ‘Plough-Off Final’ on the Sunday to find the British Champion in each section.

Please contact Ian Richings for more details : ianrichings8591@hotmail.co.uk


Summer Vacation – Bob Atter

Summer Vacation 2022 – Bob Atter

During the winter I planned a tour of shows for the summer covering Devon & Cornwall with my Massey Ferguson 2130; It took in 16 shows over 10 weeks without going home; Starting with the Bocconoc show in Cornwall and traveling around to do the following shows:-

Woolsery & District Agricultural Show  ; Yealmpton Agricultural Show   ;  Launstone Agricultural Show

Rosemore Classic Vintage Show  ;   Torbay Steam Fair  ;   Camleford Agricultural Show

Okehampton Agricultural Show  ;  Manaton Village Show and Fair  ;  Chagford Agricultural Show

RAF Harrowbeer 1940s weekend show  ;  Holsworthy and Stratton Agricultural Show

Great Trethew Vintage Rally.

Sadly after my 13th show I tripped off my trailer which my tractor was on and ended my tour in Plymouth hospital for 2 days.

There had been a class in the agricultural shows to enter in the Craft tent an item or model using recycled material, I entered my Massey Ferguson Tractor which I built out of scrapped Central Heating boiler parts and out of the 4 shows I entered it in I won 1st. Prize in 3 and received the“Rectors Cup” at the Chagford Show, (the first time it had been presented) for an exhibit using recycled material. All I have to do now is come up with an idea for next year.

In all I have attended 21 shows this year which is a record for me, would I do it again YES! But not fall of the trailer.

Bob Atter.


David Brown Tractor Museum Opens

David Brown Tractor Club’s opens its new museum at Meltham Mills

The David Brown Tractor Club (DBTC) has gone home: After several years of searching for a more suitable building to house its museum collection, the club has relocated to Meltham Mills – the spiritual home of David Brown tractor production from 1939 to 1988.

The previous premises at nearby Spinksmire Mill had become in need of some refurbishment and the landlords could offer no guarantee as to its future. The opportunity arose to lease an industrial unit at Meltham Mills. Fittingly, the unit is J Block adjoining the former assembly building where production of David Brown tractors began in the latter part of 1939.

“The move has enabled us to host more events in-house,” explains DBTC secretary, Roger Brereton. “We now have all the facilities we need within our own building: a tractor display area, an excellent shop area, kitchen, archive room, large meeting/dining area and ladies and gents’ facilities; all heated.”

The windows of the unit afford views across the former tractor plant due to its elevated position at the top of the factory access throughfare, which was always known as the ‘Burma Road.’ Externally, the club has its own gated drive that sweeps down to the entrance with ample car parking and garden areas, again with superb views over the site. One of the museum exhibits, a Ferguson Type A, serves as a reminder that David Brown was responsible fore inaugurating Ferguson production.

The museum was officially opened by TV’s Sarah Crabtree at 10 am on Sunday 22 May with a huge crowd in attendance. The venue will be open on the club’s monthly open days and events (see www.dbtc.co.uk for details) or by special arrangement for tractor and car clubs and other associations to visit when refreshments can be arranged. Contact Roger at secretary@dbtc.co.uk for details.


Two Mototugs!

Two Ford Ferguson Mototugs!

Harry Ferguson would be amazed if he knew that two of the Ford Ferguson 9N tractors he converted for military use in 1942 were being driven on an operational RAF airfield in 2022. The RAF Cosford Airshow 2022 had a vintage village and were after items of interest for the static displays. Julie Browning and Gary Anderson provided their beautiful Mototugs for the occasion. Pictures attached….

 

 

When the USA came into the war they needed some aircraft tugs to primarily use on their aircraft carriers in the Pacific theatre. Ford Ferguson converted a number of their 9N tractors for this very use. Some were also used on military airfields. Many were abandoned or scrapped after the war as their use in agriculture was limited as they had no hydraulics. A very small handful remain in the World to their original specification.

These two Mototugs are both very original. One is from the Ferguson Hunday Collection and the other from the Top Gun Airfield  – Miramar in California.