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McCormick's first CX Diamond Edition tractor goes to Lincolnshire

A Lincolnshire farmer and contractor has acquired a slice of history by taking delivery of the first McCormick CX105 Diamond Edition tractor to be produced at the company’s assembly plant in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

David Woolerton (right) receives his Diamond Edition tractor and a framed certificate of authenticity from Stewart Barnett (left), McCormick's UK sales manager, and David Grundy of Washingborough, Lincs-based dealer Grundy Agricultural.

David Woolerton (right) receives his Diamond Edition tractor.

David Woolerton, who runs his family’s 70-acre farm and a contracting and plant hire business, is also an enthusiastic collector of vintage and classic tractors and farm machinery. He jumped at the chance to buy one of the few commemorative Diamond Edition tractors being built for sale in the UK and got his order in quickly enough to secure the first one off the line.

“I was planning to replace one of my old tractors with a new McCormick and visited the factory during an open day to celebrate 60 years of agricultural machinery production there,” David explains. “It was a great surprise when the Diamond Edition tractor was unveiled and I quickly decided I wanted one – the order went in the next morning!”

Although family and friends have pulled his leg, saying the new tractor’s special silver, grey and chrome livery looks too good to be put to work, David says the tractor will have to earn its keep.

“But I’ll be taking great care to keep it in good condition,” he says. “I think it’s lovely; I really enjoy driving it.”

With so few of the celebration tractors being produced – there are just 60 each of the 102hp CX105 and the 150hp MTX150 for sale in the UK – David has realised the tractor is a good advertising tool.

“If anyone sees the tractor working or driving along the road, they’ll know it’s part of the D C Woolerton Plant Hire team,” he points out. “I’ll use it for trailer work, power harrowing and one or two other jobs alongside my other Doncaster-built tractors.”

Apart from helping promote his business, the special tractor has already made a valuable contribution to another of David’s interests – the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

It took pride of place alongside a 1940s McCormick-International Farmall from his collection at the annual vintage and classic tractors day organised by David and fellow enthusiasts. This year’s event raised £2000.

David Grundy, the Washingborough, Lincs-based McCormick dealer, is delighted to have supplied the No1 CX105 Diamond Edition tractor.

“It couldn’t have gone to a better home,” he says. “David is a tractor enthusiast who recognised the significance of this limited edition McCormick model and the historical role of the Doncaster factory that it celebrates.”

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