THE TRACTORS IN MY LIFE
Author: Mike Thorne
Mike Thorne is a name known to many, many tractor enthusiasts, particularly those whose primary interest is in Ferguson and Massey Ferguson models, as Mike has assembled an almost unrivaled collection of the tractors of both marques. But before he decided to go down that route, he had been collecting tractors since the 1980s – machines of many makes, models, and vintages, some in good order, others wanting substantial work.
In his time, he has acquired no less than 100 examples, and in this book, he takes the reader through them all, with individual entries on everyone – though he admits there are some that he has forgotten. So the reader will be treated to observations on a wide range of tractors, large or small, rare or common, good or less good, with information on where he bought them, problems, repair and restoration, and the machines’ characteristics and specifications.
Mike designed and constructed two fascinating buildings to house his collection at Coldridge in deepest mid-Devon, and these form his museum, which can be visited by appointment and offers enthusiasts a real treat.
Telling one man’s story of half a lifetime of rescuing half-dead tractors and collecting live ones, this book, written in an informal style, should capture the attention of anyone who cares about vintage tractors.
With over 180 pictures in color and black and white.