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Combine History Brought Back to Life in Stoneleigh, UK

Proud, symbolic and with great dignity, a Massey Harris 780 Combine Harvester is recovered from the town Museum of Horn in Austria back to AGCO’s UK facility at Abbey Park, Stoneleigh to be completely renovated back to its original standard by a volunteer group of Abbey Park employees.

20130423_120048The Combine Harvester restoration project is part of the commemoration of 75 years of the world’s first commercial production of the self-propelled Combine Harvester in 1938. The first self-propelled Combine harvester in Europe was first assembled in Manchester, UK in 1947 before full design and production began at M-H’s Combine factory in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1948. The M-H 780 was one of the most successful produced there and went on to become one of the first to be fully branded Massey Ferguson.

The actual machine being renovated dates from the year of Massey Ferguson’s founding in 1958 and had a productive working life in Austria before ending up as an “unfinished project” within the Horn Town Museum, 30 years ago. Once completed, the M-H 780 will feature at various events around Europe, commemorating the 75 years.

With major investments and developments in the current  Massey Ferguson Harvesting range that are being recognized for their high quality and reliability, it is timely to record that Massey Ferguson holds a unique position in the Harvesting world that provides a strong mandate for future success as AGCO continues to invest heavily in this critical sector within farm mechanization.

Massey Ferguson Fuels Charity Tractor Run

In a fund-raising trip to support the Young Oncology Unit (YOU) at Manchester’s Christie Hospital, a group of ten enthusiasts is driving a 1955 Ferguson TE20 tractor from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Massey Ferguson is donating the fuel for this ‘Top to Bottom Tractor Run’ which will see the team call in at the company’s UK offices at Abbey Park Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. Travelling at an average speed of 10-12 mph, the journey is expected to take two weeks to complete.

The event is being co-ordinated by Martin Sullivan who sadly lost his son, Aaron to cancer. “We are a small group of people who have been brought together by unfortunate circumstances,” explains Martin. “We have all been affected, in some way, by cancer and have decided to try and do something positive to help others fight this frightening illness.”

“We are inviting people to join us en route either with their own tractors or by driving our 1954 guest tractor for a stage of the journey,” he says.

Adds Ben Agar, Massey Ferguson Manager Market Services UK and Ireland:  “We wish the team all the best in support of this worthy cause and we look forward to seeing them here at our UK offices on 19 September.”

Top to Toe Tractor Run –  10-23 September 2012.
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