John Farnworth is a farmer’s son and was born on a farm on the outskirts of Manchester. It was very near the Massey-Harris factory and they used to send the new equipment from North America for testing on his grandfather’s farm for a year before it was put on the British market. Hence he grew up in a farmyard full of Massey-Harris equipment in the post-war years. This was the start of John’s affection for the Massey family of equipment. The family went on to use Ferguson and Massey-Ferguson just as extensively as they had the old Massey-Harris equipment.
Whilst at university he started to collect Massey-Harris tractors before embarking on a career overseas in agricultural research, development, and consultancy. When running overseas projects he always used Massey-Ferguson equipment wherever possible and gained much experience of their use in harsh Middle-Eastern conditions.
In recent years, John has knuckled down to the serious business of compiling detailed but highly readable, well-illustrated and informative books on the whole history of Massey-Ferguson, the predecessor companies and the range of equipment which has been produced and marketed by them. To date, he has published six substantial books and has another three presently in publisher’s hands for publication later this year. Needless to say, he has others planned!