Beautiful Tractors: Portraits of Iconic Models

Beautiful Tractors: Portraits of Iconic Models

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By (author) Rick Mannen, By (photographer) Clive Streeter, Foreword by Stuart Gibbard

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 250mm x 12mm | 562g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0711233543
  • ISBN 13: 9780711233546
  • Illustrations note: 60 colour photos and 90 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 455,833

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Portraits of 40 majestic models The best-selling Beautiful...series has seen a plethora of handsome thoroughbreds step into the spotlight to have their looks preserved for posterity. Now our leading portrait photographer focuses his lens on beasts of an altogether different nature. Beautiful Tractors presents a fabulous variety box of the world's most magnificent agricultural machines, each primed, polished, and gleaming in all its robust glory. Stylishly lit against a studio backdrop, these superb photographs of vintage and modern masterpieces make for an impressive line-up of engineering prowess. Each photograph is accompanied by a directory, offering information on the machine's history, production and distribution, use, and, of course, size. From the elegant early Titan (oddly reminiscent of Stephenson's Rocket) to the classic 'big red tractor' looks of the prosaically named Allis-Chalmers 'Model U', there's plenty here to stir the senses, whether you're a bona fide petrol head or simply nostalgic for a simpler world in which a straightforward piece of farm machinery could also be a feast for the eyes.

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RICK MANNEN grew up in a farming community in Ontario, Canada, and has been collecting and restoring gasoline tractors from an early age. He is a regular contributor to antique tractor magazines in Canada, the USA and the UK, and is the author of The History of the Eagle Manufacturing Company. STUART GIBBARD is a British-based author, editor and scriptwriter specializing in tractors. His own impressive collection spans 70 years of tractor development from 1919 to 1989. Stuart's award-winning books include definitive histories of Ford, Ferguson and David Brown. He is currently the editor of Vintage Tractor & Countryside Heritage magazine. CLIVE STREETER is an award-winning British photographer, whose clients include Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco and Martha Stewart. He lives on a small farm in Kent, surrounded by cherry orchards and his own small collection of tractors.

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'reverent portraits.' Amateur Photographer 'When we heard there was a new book of 'Portraits of Iconic Models', we were kind of excited, but when we found out it was a celebration of the finest tractors ever made, we damn near blew a gasket. There's the sleek curves of the Ford Model 9N, the INternational Harvester Model T-20 Crawler - a sturdy ride if ever we saw one - and don't even get us started on the Furguson Model TE-20, with its positively kinky 'game flusher' attachment... In fact you might just have to excuse us a minute.' Esquire '...so strong, so shiny, so splendid.' Stuff 'The perfect farmhouse coffee-table book.' Welsh Border Life