The Ford & Fordson Association is your club, and its success is totally the result of the members’ support and hard work. Make no mistake, it’s wholly reliant on your backing and, without it, the organisation would cease to exist. That’s not to say it’s all work and no play, though, as both members and those on the committee enjoy friendships built up over the years, meeting likeminded people at shows, road runs, ploughing matches and other events. Not to mention the immensely valuable information that’s freely available to members on virtually any subject, from a particular technical problem to where to track-down that elusive part.
Committee members don’t receive expenses for traveling to events or for sustenance; they are only reimbursed for direct ‘out of pocket’ expenditure made on the club’s behalf, such as the cost of stationery and postage. This is why, even before Covid, we held committee meetings at shows to reduce travelling costs and, during the restricted period, via Zoom. It’s also why we decided to move the AGM – with members’ agreement – to a show event, to encourage member attendance and thereby reduce costs too.
As the cost of living rises and environmental concerns mount, we’re all under pressure to reduce consumption. Fuel is particularly expensive and, in future, the club will attend fewer events
that have several of the committee present. This will mean that if you wish the club to have a stand at your favourite show, you must speak to your local representative to organise it, or simply consider doing it yourself. Often, I expect, committee members will also be there and will certainly make materials available for the event. In some areas this is already happening and works very well, but there’s no doubt that this will become the ‘new normal’.
With increasing membership numbers and an excellent magazine, your club’s future is bright and, with your continuing help and support, the club will fl ourish. BUT your involvement is crucial!
Pat Pawsey, FFA chairman
The GDSF made a welcome return this year (August 25th-29th), and didn’t disappoint for Ford and Fordson enthusiasts, with plenty of variations on display in the static tractor section, and also among those in the working fi eld.
There was a very interesting 1937 steel-wheeled Fordson Model ‘N’ waterwasher, owned by Tony Donovan from East Sussex. This tractor was converted by Weeks of Maidstone to a narrow width for orchard and vineyard use. The different parts are the front axle, the wheels and the rear wings.
Tony Rossiter, age 77, has been making the 50-mile journey from Ashcott, near Glastonbury, to Tarrant Hinton for many years on his 1948 Fordson Major E27N, to take part in the working tractor section at the event. His Fordson is fi tted with a Perkins L4 engine and was pulling a two-furrow plough through the stubble fi eld during the fi ve-day show.
Well done to Thelma Holland, from Yeovil, who won the John Everett
Tony Donovan’s 1937 N water-washer by Weeks, in the working fi eld at Dorset.
Memorial Trophy with her 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee in the working tractors section. Congratulations also to Tom Bryne from Shepton Mallet, who won The
Thelma Holland’s Silver Jubilee 7810 was the winner of the John Everett Memorial Trophy at the GDSF.
Fordson Prize with his 1955 J17 Roadless crawler in the static tractor section. This tractor was purchased
Tom Bryne’s Roadless J17 was bought in poor condition back in 2011, but has been beautifully restored by him since then.
in 2011, in very poor condition, and he restored it over six years, making any of the parts need himself, by hand.
We also noticed the beautifullyrestored 1963 Fordson Super Dexta, exhibited by Jim and Michaella Robb, who travelled all the way from Angus, in Scotland, for the show. This tractor was restored by Michaella and her father during early 2000.
Rob Jenkins, from Bristol, was showing a very interesting 1945 Fordson half-track, fitted with Rotopad Tracks for 100% ground pressure relief. A very well-restored 1942 Fordson ‘N’ Rowcrop was also on display, owned by Alan Anderson, from Lancashire.
Many show visitors – including FFA members – were very pleased to see dedicated members Margaret and Derek Badham, selling FFA merchandise and memberships on the club stand.
Roel Mennega was the overall winner at the Dutch FFA ploughing match, with his Fordson Dexta and Dreesman plough.
This event was held on September 17th at Zeijerveld Drenthe, in the Netherlands, by kind permission of the Fam van der Spoel.
While there were some experienced ploughmen competing, for others this event was their first match, so
Jans Stevens was the event organiser and reversible class winner, with his Power Major and Rumpstad plough.
the novices were put next to a good ploughman for some advice, and that worked well. When all the plots were finished it was time to clean the ploughs and tractors and wait for the judges to announce the results.
The winners were as follows: Mounted class – Roel Mennega with Dexta and Dreesman plough; Reversible class – Jans Stevens with Power Major and Rumpstad plough.
In spite of the weather, we had a fine day of ploughing and I hope to see you all again next year!
Gerard Schoenmakers, FFA Netherlands rep
However, instead of the good weather forecast, we had very heavy showers and some ploughmen decided not to attend. As there was only one trailer plough, it was put in the mounted class, and there was a reversible class.
Twenty-one ploughmen went to the field and, every now and then, had to take cover behind their tractors from the heavy showers! The soil was sandy and good to plough, and natural drainage was good so the rain was quickly dispersed.
WHITWELL STEAM &
This year’s show, which took place on June 11th-12th, enjoyed a very good entry, with 148 tractors, of which 53 were Ford or Fordson machines. These included Roadless, Super Majors, Standards, Countys, 4,000s, Dextas and E27Ns.
The show was well organised by the committee and their supporters and, on both days, it was a pleasure to see so many tractors parading around the ring. Two machines that stood out were a Fordson Perkins V8 turbocharged producing 240hp (with PTO), owned by
B Campbell from Bedfordshire, and a County crawler owned by Ron Garrett, from Hertfordshire.
I believe that this show is the best supported of its type in Hertfordshire (in terms of tractors attending), so congratulations to the organisers for a lovely weekend that was enjoyed by all. Speaking to Richard Hill (the event chairman), it looks like the Garden House Hospice and Sue Ryder will be receiving financial support again this year.
John Worley, FFA Hertfordshire rep
Another Perkins V8 conversion! There do seem to be a lot of these around nowadays.
A County full track and box; not often seen together, but here they were at Whitwell.
Bob Creed’s 1961 Dexta, recently ‘imported’ from the Isle of Wight
This event, which took place near Wimborne, is The East Dorset Trac Pack’s annual show, and is supported by the FFA, and it provides an opportunity for the local public to get up close and personal with many of the tractors they’ve seen on recent runs.
A great selection of machines attended (from up to about 20 miles away), although the number of spectators was a little down on last year, almost certainly due to the oppressive temperature. Plenty of shelter from the sun was provided, and this gave people the opportunity to chat
with old friends, and seek opinions on mechanical issues. Dorset Tractors provided a welcome addition to the lineup, with its Ford 7700 and concours, 1968 Zetor 4011.
This was a free-entry show, but a bucket for loose change donations made the rounds collecting money for the local Friends of Victoria Hospital, in Wimborne, with the total received being about £230. This was helped by the Trac Pack’s ‘whip ‘round’ made on its last run.
This event was a great team effort by all involved, so I should finish with a big ‘thank you’ to all those who gave their time, despite the tropical conditions!
John Maiden, FFA Dorset rep
DACORUM STEAM RALLY
A V12 ex-Russian tank engine-powered Major; something rather different spotted at the Dacorum Steam Rally.
Held on July 30th-31st at Potten End, in Hertfordshire, this was the first time this event had taken place in three years, following the lifting of Covid restrictions. Consequently, I wondered if there would be a good turnout of tractors and other exhibits, but I needn’t have worried; there were over 60 tractors, of which 20 were Ford or Fordson machines.
Two tractors stood out for me; a Fordson Major V8 producing 240hp, and a Fordson Major fitted with a Russian tank engine from the Second World War era. Both machines are owned by Billy Campbell, who comes from Bedford.
After the parade of tractors on Sunday, I asked for photographs to be taken of all Ford and Fordson exhibits and, hopefully, these will be seen in future editions of the magazine. It was the first show for the new secretary and her team, and all seemed to go well over the weekend leaving the exhibitors happy but exhausted. Well done everyone!
The USA Ford & Fordson Collectors Association’s annual show was held on September 8th-11th, as part of the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association Show, at Boonville, in Missouri. In the US it’s customary to hold annual club shows as a guest of an established show. There was an excellent turn-out
of over 175 Ford and Fordson tractors of all sizes and ages; some that readers would easily recognise and others that may look a little more exotic to the UK eye! The FFA had a good club stand selling merchandise, and held daily tutorials on the Ford hydraulic system. On Friday evening there was a member’s banquet
Ford 981 Select-O-Speed fitted with a mounted twin-row maize cob picker.
with a raffle and the usual awards being presented, including one for the person who’d hauled their tractor the farthest. There was also the ‘Misfortune Award’, which is given to the member who broke down on the way to the show.
There was a pulling competition and I was delighted to see many Fords taking part in this. The thing that always amazes me at these shows is the dedication of the members, as well as the distances they travel to get to events like this one. I spoke to several members that had hauled their tractors well over a 1,000 miles each way. Now that’s dedication!
A Ford 600; this model’s ‘red tiger’ engine was LPG-fuelled.
LINCOLNSHIRE WORKING WEEKEND
Richard Mason’s restored Doe 130; a really impressive piece of kit.
The club held a working weekend at Hibalstow, on land kindly loaned by C&M Anyan, and organised by Gary Capp and Barrie Mumby. The land was only available for one weekend at very short notice, so we were only able to advertise the event on Facebook and by word of mouth. Nevertheless, we attracted a varied selection of tractors, ranging from an E27N right up to a New Holland T7 loaned by Lincs Motors, and there were all sorts of models in between. Two tractors that really caught my eye were an E27N P6 crawler pulling a drag, and a very rare Mailam based on a 5000 skid unit; this is only a 65hp machine, but it was pulling around two
tons of Ransomes Hexatrac plough at a good pace! My dad always used to say ‘make sure your plough points aren’t too worn!’ Barrie Mumby had brought his 5000 and TS90 for me to scratch out headlands etc, and ‘scratch’ was all I was able to do in the hard ground (see photo of points), but he turned up that night with some new ones, which were much better. It was good to see a restored Doe 130 owned by Richard Mason, who wasn’t afraid to use it in the way its designers had intended. In all we had about 20 tractors ploughing, and more spectators than we’d expected, with everyone enjoying
A P6-engined County full track pulling a drag; an ideal combination avoiding compaction.
Jamie Shaw-Brown’s 5000-based Mailam and Ransomes Hexatrac plough.
Barry Munby’s ‘pre-loved’ plough shears; certainly not much conjur!
the chance to get back on the land. Hopefully we’ll be able to use this land again next year, with a bit more advanced notice regarding the date. But, for the time being, many thanks to everyone who brought their tractors.
Phil Gibson, FFA Roving rep
71ST BRITISH NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS
View of the FFA’s plots at the start of the championships; it certainly looks to be ploughman’s land
This year’s competition took place on October 8th-9th, with His Grace the Duke of Devonshire kindly supplying land at Glapwell, in Derbyshire, which is part of the Chatsworth Estate. It was excellent land all over the site, and something very rare happened that weekend; I didn’t hear competitors complaining about the conditions! I decided to go to the site on Thursday as the weather was forecast to be bad on Friday; a good decision as it turned out. Friday was windy and very wet, with most people in the trade stand area having to be towed around the site. Some of our members supported the club by bringing tractors for the
stand, and we had 10 members ploughing in the FFA class. The standard of workmanship was excellent, as it should be for a national competition. Our two stewards for the match were concerned by the red chair on Richard Wilson’s plough (see photo), wondering if it was a legal attachment, and thinking his wife – Audrey – would be sitting on it working the ploughs handles! Thanks go to our stewards, Brian Hancock and Matthew Stone, and to everyone else who helped me on what turned out to be a very busy club stand over the weekend; members had travelled from all over the UK and Ireland.
His Grace the Duke of Devonshire and the Duchess with FFA prize-winners Tim Easter and John Lewis.
Harry Williams, known to many of you, unusually seen here on a Fordson N.
Richard Wilson’s red chair.
Congratulations must go to John Lewis who won the FFA Trophy. Second place went to Tim Easter and Roger Ingham finished third. To the rest, keep practising and better luck next year when we’ll be in Somerset for the Nationals!
Phil Gibson, FFA Roving rep
EASTERN COUNTIES VINTAGE SHOW
I’m pleased to report the return of this event, instigated originally by the late Roger Desborough, who is sadly missed. The show was held over the weekend of October 8th-9th, at the Norfolk Showground, just west of Norwich. Once again, the FFA had a stand with refreshments and merchandise available to members. With my Ford Cargo still out of test, the only way to exhibit any of my tractors was to drive them there – only 18 miles. I thought about taking my E27N L4, then remembered its last outing to Marsham and decided to take a red one! We had a great display of Ford and Fordson tractors, so much so that we filled our allocated space and encroached on the Ferguson contingent.
Ian Prince brought his ex-ferry Power Major with its winch and crane loader attachments, which was positioned outside our FFA hall, and provided a great way to find the club stand. There were a number of national clubs exhibiting, including the International Harvester Heritage Association, Case IH, Stradsett NVTEC and my local one, The Old Ram Tractor Club. As the name of the show suggests, if it was vintage or classic, there was something for everyone to enjoy; cars, motor bikes, stationary engines, hotrods and trucks. The truck display was one of the largest I’ve seen at any show. A new addition in the main hall was a large craft section with traders able to display their goods in a comfortable,
dry environment. Outside there were numerous trade stands selling tools, spare parts and ‘man cave accessories’. Whatever your taste in food, it was catered for by the various offerings. The autojumble took place on Sunday, and many enjoyed the opportunity to pile their trailers and, for a small fee, park in the designated area and, hopefully, sell out. It proved very popular, and I managed to buy a pair of headlights for a tenner.
Overall it was a great weekend, and I should extend a big ‘thank you’ to the organisers for all their hard work. Let’s hope there will be a show in 2023; the current feedback is promising.
Keith Broomhall, FFA East Anglian rep
Ray Godwin’s Dexta fitted with a Ford V6 2.8-litre petrol engine, at the Eastern Counties Vintage Show.
A FRENCH EXPERIENCE
Probably a 2N with a Ferguson derivative beside it, basking in French sunshine.
Very little happens in this part of Burgundy, in east-central France, as far as tractors are concerned. Yes, it’s very rural and tractors abound – usually travelling very fast on our narrow roads! – but they are mostly modern and often green, so don’t hold the same interest for me as the blue variety does. So, when an enquiry arrived from Jean-Paul Estivie, secretary of the Club Ferguson-France last January, requesting information about parts he needed for his Ford/Ferguson 9N, this attracted my interest as I know very little about this model.
My first move was to pass on the query directly to Pat Pawsey who, with his usual efficiency in finding the right people to help, dealt with the issue. However, not only did Jean-Paul send me a copy of the club’s magazine, he also invited me to its AGM which, this year, took place on May 14th in the village of Festigny, not far from my home here in the Yonne.
I arrived bright and early at the Gîte ‘Ferm du Bois la Dame’ where I found a large number of very smart campervans parked around the house. As I approached, I saw a very large, red tractor of the MF variety, plus four
others parked in a row. The first was a Ferguson type ‘A’ painted black, the next was a Ford/Ferguson 2N, the third was an unrestored TE-A 20 (complete with side mower) and the final one was a fairly well-restored TE-A 20. Elsewhere there were several other MF tractors, including a number of garden ones. There was very large crowd of delegates, each with a badge indicating the department they represented. I was taken into an enormous building that had once been a barn – but is now used for functions such as weddings – and was introduced to Jean-Paul, who was a rather elderly gentleman. We talked for a while and he told me that he was preparing an article on the differences between the 9N and the 2N. Most owners believe they have a 9N when, in fact, the Ford/Fergusons only arrived in France in 1946, so would almost certainly have been 2Ns. This was somewhat fortuitous, as I’d taken the liberty of translating part of the article Is it a 9N or a 2N?, which appeared in issue 108 of this magazine. Although my French isn’t too bad, the meeting was quite long-winded; having started at 9.30, it went on until 11. The only person I recognised – André Villiers,
Député de l’Yonne et agriculteur (local government deputy and grower of cereals) – talked until about 11.45, after which there were questions. At last, at 12.30, the 120 or so guests were offered an apéritif, followed by lunch. At this point I was hoping to slip away, but was taken to the top table where the club’s two presidents (both past and present), M Villiers and others were already seated. I was so grateful to find myself seated next to Jean-Paul and his very pleasant wife, who both put me at my ease and made the rather extended lunch much more pleasant. Although I found the whole experience quite daunting – I’m not gregarious by nature – I do wonder how such a meeting might have gone down in the UK? After all, this was a threeday trip for the delegates, requiring two coaches for trips for wine-tasting, a visit to the mediaeval Castle of Guédelon plus food and drinks at a cost of €160 per person! By the way, my thanks to Jane Broomhall for the fleece I ordered as well as the application forms and club stickers that I duly passed on.
Martin Carley, FFA France rep
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