Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club

| January/February 1999

Kelk Cottage Crosshouse by Kilmamock Scotland, KA2 OBG

I write to you as a GEM reader of many years. I am a founding member of Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club. We exchange newsletters with two clubs in USA as well as others in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

In 1996, we were hosts to C. H. Wendel and a party of vintage enthusiasts from USA. Ye Olde Reflector is an honorary member of our club.

Readers may be interested in some of our club activities. 1998 was our 17th annual Rally, when we featured Nuffield tractors and Land Rover rough terrain vehicles. Both had completed 50 years since they were first produced. The turnout of vehicles and spectators was excellent. The snag, however, was that our very wet summer produced one of our wettest weekends. It all ended in a mud bath.

In previous years, we had celebrated 50 years of Ferguson and 150 years of Massey Harris.

When Ferguson produced his TE 20 in 1947, it was of great benefit to British farming, which was beginning to recover from World War II. The first Fergusons produced at Coventry were equipped with Continental gas engines from USA. Subsequently, a Ferguson distillate engine was introduced, and later, when 200 thousand had been built, diesel models became available.