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In January the LAMMA show saw the official launch, by John Deere Limited, of its 50th anniversary celebrations in the UK and Ireland. The company started trading from Langar, Nottinghamshire, in January 1966 and the original premises, on the former WWII bomber base, are still in use today as John Deere’s visitor centre and national parts distribution centre.

One of the tractors sold by John Deere dealers 50 years ago, and on which the company started to build its reputation, was the 4020 diesel. This 91hp, six cylinder tractor was the first to appear on the UK market with a PowrShift transmission and arguably became the most popular tractor of its era. The product line in 1966 included the 710, 5010 and 5020 tractors, ploughs, cultivators, disc harrows and the 530 and 630 combines.

Langar’s own specially-restored 4020 played a starring role in last November’s Lord Mayor’s Show in London, helping the Worshipful Company of Farmers and Seen at LAMMA, where the event was launched, is David Leach one of the main people behind the John Deere at 50 event. Why not sign up for this ‘event of the year’? the NFU to promote the Back British Farming campaign. It was chosen to parade alongside its modern day descendant, the new flagship 620hp four-track 9620RX, to highlight the tremendous advances that have been made in farming technology over the last 50 years.

The tractors were standing side by side again in the LAMMA display to help promote a very special event that will take place at Langar on 24-25 September 2016. John Deere customers and fans are being invited to get involved in the 50th anniversary celebrations by visiting a dedicated page on the company’s website: www.JohnDeere.co.uk/50years.

There will be demonstrations and working plots for those who would like to bring implements (preferably made by John Deere) and use them, plus parades and prizes. Owners of old and new John Deere machines are encouraged to submit an application form for the event.