TG1823 : ROPA "Tiger 5" sugar beet harvester

taken 1 year ago, near to Marsham, Norfolk, Great Britain

ROPA "Tiger 5" sugar beet harvester
ROPA "Tiger 5" sugar beet harvester
In 1972, the then 25-year-old farmer Hermann Paintner designed and built his first self-propelled sugar beet harvester at his parentsí farm in Bavaria. There was, however, was not enough room on the Paintner farm, and also not enough equipment and personnel for a manufacturing company. Subsequently Hermann Paintner looked for a partner and found in the small Holmer agricultural technology company, where he designed and built machines for Holmer on a freelance basis. In 1986, ROPA Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH was founded and Sittelsdorf, near Kehlheim in Lower Bavaria, was selected as their headquarters. In 2014, at Beet Europe, the leading trade fair in sugar beet technology, ROPA's "Tiger 5", the new top class in 3-axle sugar beet harvesters, was launched. In 2015, at the largest agricultural trade fair in France the Tiger 5 was given the "Machine of the Year 2015" award for the overall design with the new traction system for increased soil protection combined with the R-Concept operating philosophy. The yellow behemoth is owned by farmer Oliver Arnold of Felthorpe near Norwich.
Marsham Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2017
The show, the seventh in as many years, was held over the weekend of 12/13th August. It is growing bigger every year. More than 500 exhibitors displayed their tractors, stationary engines, vintage lawnmowers and agricultural implements, but there is much more to see on the 13-acres site which adjoins Orchard Cottage in Allison Street, such as several rare, "dancing" dual drive Doe-built tractors, classic and military vehicles and motorcycles, demonstrations in the parade ring of working gun and sheep dogs and demonstrations of old-time ploughing and harvesting in a crop field nearby. For the first time since its restoration the Soame steam wagonette was featured. The first tractor pulling event in the county for 27 years was also held here (in 2013). Fairground organs create just the right atmosphere, a bouncy castle provides entertainment for the younger visitors, and a variety of stalls can be sampled in the fun fair section of the site. Food vendors guarantee that no-one will be going home hungry.

According to Bob Parke, the site owner and one of the organisers, the show featured 350 tractors, over 100 classic cars, and about 80 motorcycles and had about 2,500 visitors.
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Date Taken
Friday, 11 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 12 August, 2017
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Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1834 2352 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.9073N 1:14.0902E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1831 2353
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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