50 vintage machines on display plus star appearance by MF tractor which conquered the South Pole
Campbell Scott of Massey Ferguson, was guest of honour at the opening of a new showcase in Ireland for classic MF tractors and farm equipment.
Farm machinery enthusiasts, Michael Hoey and his family have a large private collection of vintage agricultural equipment and recently commissioned a new building dedicated to their extensive range of Massey Ferguson machines.
The Hoey family’s impressive collection is based at Balcunnin, Skerries, County Dublin. Every year they stage an Open Day for the public to view these private exhibits and raise money for the Society of St Vincent de Paul charity.
This year’s Open Day saw the inauguration of the new ‘Massey Ferguson Experience’ which features some 50 fully-restored MF machines dating back as far as the early 1960s and including tractors, combine harvesters, balers and implements. Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director of Marketing Services, officially declared the centre open and welcomed visitors to enjoy the very special exhibits on show, calling it “a real cornucopia of equipment to delight every MF enthusiast!”
“We’re thrilled with this new home for our MF collection,” said the family. “With our farming background, we’ve always been fascinated by these iconic machines. The collection started 23 years ago and we are particularly keen on the wonderful range of matching MF implements such as the ploughs, harrows and seed drills that were sold alongside the tractors.”
Making a star appearance especially for the Open Day was the modern-day MF 5610 which made history in 2014 by becoming the first tractor fitted with agricultural tyres to drive overland to the South Pole – a gruelling 27-day round trip of 4638 km across snow and ice.
More than 4000 people attended the Open Day and 19,500 Euros (£16,986) were raised for the Society of St Vincent de Paul which tackles poverty through practical assistance.
Massey Ferguson is one of the world’s leading farm machinery brands and offers a full-line of products and services for today’s farmers including tractors, combine harvesters, balers, Hay & Forage tools and materials handling equipment.