John Deere celebrates 50 years of tractors in the UK

Last weekend (24 and 25 September) saw John Deere host a two-day show to celebrate 50 years of green-and-yellow tractors in the UK.

More than 14,000 visitors browsed the 200 tractors spread around Deere’s headquarters in Langar, Nottinghamshire, which spanned 100 years of production.

At least one tractor representing every year from 1962 to 2011 was on show, including several 6910 models, which is one of the most popular full-frame tractors ever sold in Europe.

See our pick of photos below and go to our galleries for the huge John Deere tractor gallery.

Tractors lined up in a field

© Tim Scrivener

The oldest machine at the event was a 1916 Overtime Model R, which was imported to Britain from the US during the First World War to aid food production.

See also: Photos: Massey Ferguson celebrates 70 years with 70 tractors

There was also a vintage 1919 Waterloo Boy Model N, which is memorable for being the first tractor produced by John Deere in the US after it bought the Iowa-based Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company.

JD 1919 Waterloo Boy Model N

JD 1919 Waterloo Boy Model N © Tim Scrivener

Moving through the generations, a 1996-built 6400 with 48,000 hours on the clock made the 11-hour, 220-mile trip to Langar from Cullompton in Devon.

Jihn Deere 620hp 9RX tractor

JD 620hp 9RX © Tim Scrivener

Even higher up the horsepower ranks was the new 620hp 9RX – a long way from the first self-scouring ploughs with which John Deere first made his name as a blacksmith.

John Deere tractor line up © Tim Scrivener

© Tim Scrivener

 See the full John Deere 50th anniversary gallery.

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