International at Doncaster
Re-released on DVD
Founded in 1902, International Harvester of Chicago formed its British division just four years later. The acquisition of the Doncaster site in 1938 was the first step in establishing a UK manufacturing base, but it was not until 1949 that the first British Farmall M tractors rolled out of the Wheatley Hall factory.
Stuart Gibbard's programme focuses on the golden years of British International production, covering all the principal wheeled and crawler models built at Doncaster and its satellite Bradford plant up until the early 1970s when the worldwide range was phased in. The tractors are seen in action with a variety of implements throughout the seasons.
The featured machines, both restored and working examples, have been selected to display the diversity of the marque - from the actual first Farmall of 1949 to the last McCormick CX model to be made at Doncaster before the factory closed in 2007. This is a magnificent tribute to the glory of the British International years.
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