Viv leads the pack! photo copyright Johnathan Page

Lining up for another unloading run! copyright Johnathan Page

Barry's fears of problems with his M122 never materialised, thankfully but that is testament to his hard work Barry has put into restoring this old girl, in fact breakdowns consisted of mainly adjustments and a bent elevator slat on my 1520 caused by a stone.Copyright Johnathan Page

A glance across to my fellow operators! On the homeward leg now.

On board the 1520 a brief clip taken with my phone!

A busy afternoon for Doug and his Ford 4000 keeping the three combines rolling, also joining Doug was Barrys son, Mark hauling the grain to the customers farm. copyright Johnathan Page

Viv unloading the M89 taking a breather from the dust! Copyright Johnathan Page

A close up shot of Barrys 1520 copyright Johnathan Page

Barry very pleased with the performance of his M122 considering it hasn't seen crop for many years!

Every combine restorers backyard would no doubt have one or two combines for parts!

At the end of a very busy day these vintage combines await their next crop, and their working life continues.

The final picture of this trip.
From left Barry Taylor, Doug Wright, Mark Taylor (Barrys Son) VIV Carter,Colin Cloude copyright Johnathan Page.

Acknowledgements

This brings our harvest trip to Gloucestershire to an end, despite the many problems and setbacks the trip was a great success, and that was largely due to Barry who has worked tirelessly getting these old girls up to harvest order and giving us the oportunity to join him and cut his wheat crops.

Special thanks also to Rory Day Classic Tractor who captured the day and published the cracking photos in this magazine, courtesy of freelance photographer Johnathon Page, who very kindly let us use his photos on Yellowswirl.

Mark Taylor who also behind the scenes took care of the corn carting to the grain buyer, and the other various jobs that need attending to.

The day was completed with a lovely evening supper for all of us courtesy of Barry and Linda.

The trip to Gloucestershire was made very special to me in the company of my former boss in the very early seventies Vivian Carter, Viv quickly slipped into the old days and handled the combines at ease considering he has been away from this type of work for many many years.

A big thank you to everyone involved!

I hope you have enjoyed this story.

Kind regards

colin cloude