British Royalty and Super BMD Farmall Tractors


A gold 1953 Farmall BMD tractor

A gold 1953 Farmall BMD at the 2012 Welland Steam and Country Rally in southwestern England. File is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Queen Elizabeth II’s newest great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, is to be christened on July 5, 2015 (wouldn’t it have been fun if they’d chosen the 4th?). The queen has been, well, queen, almost as long (just three months shy) as her legendary great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

While it’s a stretch to link this to Rusty Iron, trust me, there’s a connection, tenuous though it may be.

It seems that there’s a Farmall collecting category in the United Kingdom that’s more exclusive even than the white demonstrator Farmall tractors that are sought after by IH collectors here in the U.S.A.

Cyrus McCormick’s salesmen used to tell prospective customers, “This reaper is so strong that you can hitch your team to it, go anywhere the Lord permits, and the machine will do its work.” McCormick took this slogan to heart and decided to crack the English market. He built a special reaper for the Crystal Palace Exhibition of the Industries of All Nations that was held at Hyde Park in London in the summer of 1851. McCormick himself traveled to London for the event and the Great Exhibition Council awarded his reaper the Council Gold Medal, the highest prize of the Exhibition. In his 1931 book, Century of the Reaper, Cyrus McCormick Jr. wrote that the reaper, when first shown at the event, “(D)rew upon itself the special ire of the London Times. ‘It is a cross between an Astley Chariot, a wheelbarrow, and a flying machine,’ said The Thunderer; and it went on to sneer that America was 'proud of her agricultural implements which (English manufacturers) would reject as worthless.’ But by the time the Exhibition was over the American exhibits had won more prizes in proportion than the British themselves.”


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