Scotland Tractor Rally

Farm Collector goes to a tractor rally and visits the sights in the United Kingdom.

| January 2017

  • The Ayr rally featured an impressive display of antique and classic automobiles.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Bill Allan (left) and John Beatty with a rare pair of early potato diggers.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • R.W. Bryan with his 1961 J.A.P. Type 5 petrol engine.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Mystery items are of universal interest.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Ian Fleming with his 1937 1-1/2 hp Lister D.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • This 1916 Yorkshire Belle steam engine, built by John Fowler & Co. in Leeds, brightened a gloomy day. Adorned with brass accents, elaborate detail and lights, the Yorkshire Belle (owned by Tom French) is typical of showman’s engines.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Members of the Maybole Pipe Band, a traditional Scottish pipe band, performed in full regalia during the Ayr rally.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • R.W. Bryan’s Hatz ES 75 diesel engine was part of a line typically used with small construction equipment.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Jimmy Hamilton customized his 1968 David Brown Selectamatic 880 with “a wee Michelin man” as a mascot.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Jimmy Hamilton at the wheel of his 1968 David Brown Selectamatic 880.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • This Ferguson T20 with bale lifter, owned by Lex Craig, Tarbolton, was put through its paces. Powered from the hydraulic lift arm, it grabs, lifts and drops the bale into a following trailer.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • A rare 1938 Ferguson-Brown Type A orchard/hop model owned by Richard Bennie, Glasgow. The 4-cylinder, 20 hp orchard/hop model is characterized by a tubular wishbone front axle set back to allow a greater turning circle. Perhaps as few as 10 were produced; this is one of three known to exist.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Henry Murdoch’s 1947 Ferguson TE20 P3.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Henry Murdoch with his Ferguson.
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  • Farm Collector tour members Bonnie and Bob Gordon, Wellington, Ohio, shared a stroll with Josephine Roberts (second from left) and Josephine’s daughter, Lili.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Brian Webster’s B.M.B. President tractor and Corgi scooter. The 10 hp President (with a 4-cylinder Morris 8 side-valve engine) was the largest model in the B.M.B. line, manufactured by Brockhouse Engineering, Southport, England, from 1950 to 1956. The late 1940s Corgi, also built by Brockhouse, is the civilian version of the World War II-era Welbike. The Welbike’s components were designed to fit in an 18-inch tube that was dropped by parachute to support airborne troops.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • A beautifully restored 1918 20 hp Titan owned by Richard Sturdy, York.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Richard Sturdy.
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  • A 1937 Ferguson Brown Type A with 3-point; the result of the first collaboration of Harry Ferguson and David Brown. The tractor is owned by Stuart Barbour; Annan; Scotland. Its back tires are original.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Tour member Steve Trimble, Tempe, Ariz., with an ingenious hedge-clipping machine. The implement is part of the collection of John Gilmour; it was invented by his father. Throughout the U.K., seemingly every rural lane is lined by dense hedges, hence the need for such a device. The hedge trimmer is mounted on a 1940 Standard Fordson.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • John Gilmour.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Willie Robson (middle), a second-generation beekeeper and proprietor of Chain Bridge Honey Farm, visited with tour member George Moyer, Myerstown, Pa.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • Tour member Dane Barclay, Scandia, Kan., gave this Case LA Roadless lifeboat tractor a close look at the Chain Bridge Honey Farm. The tractor was converted by Roadless Traction in about 1948 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to use hauling lifeboats in and out of the sea.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus
  • A fine original Universal crop loader, manufactured by Henry Bamford & Sons in England, from the collection of Robert Leedham, Staffordshire.
    Photo by Leslie C. McManus

A gentle rain fell as the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club rally got underway last July near Ayr on Scotland’s west coast. Sometimes the rain tapered off to a soft mist; at other times it could fairly be described as a downpour. Locals clad in sensible raingear and boots scarcely gave it a second thought. “Western Scotland,” one explained with a smile, “is where the clouds go to get refilled.”

The event was a model of organization. Displays were registered well in advance. When each item arrived on the appointed day, the owner was directed to a reserved spot complete with an identifying number that correlated to information printed in a booklet given out at the gate. Judging of the most interesting exhibit, best car and vintage commercial vehicle was conducted in advance and the results were published in the booklet.

A pair like dad’s

Henry Murdoch, Dalrymple, showed a 1947 Ferguson TE20 P3 and a 1954 Ferguson TEF 20 diesel. “My dad and granddad farmed with horses,” he says. “They stopped that in 1948. Dad got a petrol tractor first, and then a diesel.” So it was only natural that when Henry started a tractor collection, he’d look for a pair similar to those he grew up with.

Restoration of the 1947 TE20 was completed just a week before the rally. Used most recently to load manure, the tractor was complete when Henry got it, “but it was in a pretty poor state,” he admits. “I bought a lot of new parts and had the original engine rebuilt.”



The tractor’s bonnet (hood, to us Yanks) is original; the grille and wings (fenders) are replacements. For comfort’s sake, Henry added a modern seat. He also replaced a leaking fuel tank and repaired leaking oil seals on the rear axle. “It was a labor of love,” he says.

The TE20 has new Goodyear tires – two from Scotland, two from France. “It’s a global village now,” Henry says. His TE20 has an American Continental engine; his TEF is equipped with a Standard Motor Co. engine, with a design assist from engine designer Arthur Freeman-Sanders.



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