In preparing this book, John Farnworth has broken new ground in the style of books for tractor enthusiasts. Firstly he has concentrated on a very short and discrete range of now "Classic" tractors produced by a major manufacturer.
Secondly he has placed the tractors in the context of the time in which they were developed and produced, by relating them to aspects of manufacture and the countries in which they were sold. He has further developed the overall theme of the "MF 500 era" by presenting an overview of the implements and harvesting machinery which was used with the tractors. The book will therefore be of particular interest to those who have operated the MF 500 tractors.
Additionally the whole MF 500 era has been brought to life by the inclusion of a chapter in which MF employees have recounted their experiences. Another chapter looks at some of the MF 500's which survive to this day in work or in preservation as described by their owners.
The "modern" cab of the MF 500's was a key design feature of the MF 500's. For the first time Massey Ferguson was bringing to a major tractor series a "comfort" cab. A chapter has been devoted to this and includes some interesting variant designs.
An important venture for MF in the MF 500 era was the establishment of licensed production of MF design tractors with URSUS in Poland. This was called the "Polish Project" and is the subject of another individual chapter.
General specifications of the range of MF 500 tractors are presented together with many of the implements and harvesting machinery of the era. These will serve as a much needed guide to connoisseurs of this time of great change in the mechanisation of agriculture generally.
This book is a valuable and logical addition to John's existing ten books on the whole history of Massey Ferguson. It will be of great interest to MF enthusiasts generally, the "Classic" tractor movement as a whole and anyone with a general interest in farm mechanisation.