TG1823 : Massey-Harris "Twin Power" Challenger tractor

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

Massey-Harris "Twin Power" Challenger tractor
Massey-Harris "Twin Power" Challenger tractor
This petrol-driven tractor was built in 1938 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. The Massey-Harris Challenger was the row-crop version of the Pacemaker, replacing the Wallis 12/20.

The Challenger was introduced in 1936. It had close-set front wheels and the rear wheels could be adjusted from 52 to 80 inches. Standard or orchard versions were also available, with the option of either steel wheels or rubber tyres. Early engines operated on petrol, kerosene or distillate but later models, featuring Twin Power, were limited to operating on petrol. The Challenger had individual rear-wheel brakes, and the styled versions of both the Pacemaker and the Challenger were red and had yellow wheels. The basic design of both was, however, outdated and the tractors reputedly had a number of mechanical problems. A total of 2,837 Pacemakers and 3,366 Challengers were built before production ceased in 1937.
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 1827 2340 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.8444N 1:14.0233E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1827 2342
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