Agricultural engineer Stephen Haylock has bought a piece of tractor
manufacturing history with his auction-winning bid for the last
McCormick CX tractor to be built at the company’s Doncaster
McCormick sales director Jeremy Lamb (left) presents Stephen Haylock with a certificate confirming the status of the McCormick CX105 XtraShift he bought at auction as the final Doncaster-built example of this model.
Mr Haylock, whose online bid of £31,700 was placed in the
final seconds of the auction, was keen to buy the tractor not just
for its historic significance but because of his own association
with its predecessors and the South Yorkshire tractor factory.
“I’ve worked with International Harvester, McCormick
and Case IH tractors from Doncaster all my life, having started
as a dealer’s apprentice service engineer in the late 1960s,” he
explains. “In that time, I visited the Doncaster plant several
times for training courses, so I feel a close association with
its history and the tractors it’s produced over the past
With production of the popular CX and other McCormick tractors
now transferred to a parent group plant in Italy, the Doncaster
facility is being closed.
Product specialist Paul Wade took Stephen Haylock, his wife Caroline
and son Matt on a final tour of the factory, which produced its
first tractor, an International McCormick Farmall Model ‘M’ in
1949. They were accompanied by Matt Boreham and George Beckwith
from the Haylock’s local McCormick dealer, R C Boreham & Son,
Pleshey near Chelmsford, Essex.
At the end of the tour, Mr Haylock was presented with his tractor,
a McCormick CX105 XtraShift, resplendent in its familiar red and
silver colour scheme but with the addition of Union Jack decals
on the bonnet declaring: The final British-built CX – July
2007. Doncaster – Driven with Pride – 1946-2007.
“I can’t believe it’s mine; this is a special
tractor and a very special moment for me,” he said.
McCormick sales director Jeremy Lamb, who also handed over a certificate
authenticating the tractor, is delighted that it has been bought
by someone who will appreciate it.
“We wanted to mark this latest chapter in the Doncaster
plant’s story in a special way because of the great respect
people have for its role over the past 60 years,” he says. “There’s
no better way to celebrate than for this special tractor to be
purchased by someone to whom it means a great deal.”
Unlike all the other tractors that preceded it down the Doncaster
plant’s assembly line, the final UK-built CX is destined
for a leisurely existence. It will become a prime exhibit in the
Haylock family’s private collection, maintained on their
Cambridgeshire farm, which includes a 2006 McCormick CX105 Diamond
Edition and a 1952 International Harvester Farmall ‘Coronation’ special.
McCormick is donating £10,700 from the proceeds of the auction
to the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation,
which encourages adults with disabilities to improve their life
skills and increase their independence through training and specialised
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