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We have probably all done some research online or through archives looking for information about our respective machines and it’s usually easy to find at least an advert or a brochure image about the items that we collect. Admittedly some machines and manufacturers may have out-foxed us, perhaps the machine is one of those rebadged affairs or produced in […]
To set the scene and waken some memories 1964 was a notable year as it was when BBC2 started broadcasting, Daihatsu began importing cars into the UK (the first Japanese manufacturer to do so), Donald Campbell was setting world speed records in Australia and the Mini Moke a fun vehicle for the era and built by BMC in […]
Recently there have been a couple of vintage adverts that have made us look more than once. Some things have been quite an eye-opener, we’ve doubted the adverts and then wondered if the machines are still in existence. This of course is true of many makes as there are some odd-ball machines out there.We are all used to seeing the Wrigley Motor […]
There always seems to be a multitude of catalogues in magazines and through the post but for good quality cast your mind back thirty years to the summer of ’86 and imagine the latest glossy DIY Superstore 64 page ‘Big Value’ catalogue has landed on the doormat, teatime reading at it’s best. The pages are full of special offers […]
Newark Vintage Tractor Show on the 12th and 13th November is fast approaching and the closing date for entries is the 16th September. Entry forms can be found at: http://newarkvintagetractorshow.com/exhibitors.htmlThe VHGMC also has a video of images from the 2015 show to see what was there: https://youtu.be/AnSGIvXJfC0
The wheelbarrow is indispensable for moving soil, loose materials and tools around. Easy to use, manoeuvre and depending upon the ability of the driver and the grip of one’s boots a wheelbarrow can traverse the trickiest of terrain. But is there a better solution? Over the decades manufacturers have tried to redesign the humble wheelbarrow, […]
Archive videos are always fascinating. The engaging monochrome films of days gone by and the lives of the people involved in various trades are of immense importance.I’ve found a film online and captured in black and white is the Suffolk mower factory in Stowmarket, a site which eventually produced a huge number of engines and parts each year and […]
Mowing the lawn can sometimes seem like a bit of a chore but a ride-on-mower can add a dash of fun and a bit of one-upmanship too. What better way then for the average suburban gardener of the 1960’s 70’s and 80’s to justify getting their hands on an affordable ride-on mower than to buy one of the many mini […]
I’m sure that most machinery enthusiasts are familiar with Norlett the well known brand of machinery sold in the UK. Perhaps mostly associated with the gold painted, re-badged Wheel Horse garden tractors of the 1970’s, the Norlett name is also connected to a range of tillers, lawnmowers, snowblowers and potentially other machines which are yet to surface. Do you have […]
Whilst sorting through the thousands of pictures in the gallery I’ve found some interesting images. Sometimes images are the normal everyday adverts that would be expected in a gardening magazine, others though are more ingenious in their advertising or in the name chosen or the item itself is questionable and would probably fall foul of the Health […]