‘Blue Force’After more than a 45-year absence, probably one of the most famous logos ever to grace a tractor, the Fordson wheat sheaf, is to be used once again.
The Ford Motor Company of America has officially sanctioned the use of the wheat sheaf as the basis of the logo for the recently-formed tractor group, ‘Blue Force’ – Friends of Fordson, Ford, New Holland & Derivatives.
Blue Force will encompass Fordson, Ford, New Holland tractors and machines, and any of the skid units that were converted by such famous companies as County, Doe, Muir-Hill, Roadless, etc. Tractors covering agricultural, amenity and industrial will form part of Blue Force as will commercial lorries such as the Ford Thames Trader which also carried the Fordson name as well as the famous wheat sheaf logo.
A dedicated band of enthusiasts have preserved and continue to work probably the widest range of tractors spanning a period from 1917 to 2011, honouring one of the finest machinery pioneers in agricultural history, Henry Ford, along with his son Edsel and their renowned team of specialists and pioneers.
For the members
Blue Force is not linked to any commercial or other enterprise and will be run for the members by the members, and as funds allow, with membership approval, Blue Force will support various charities as well as offering a number of benefits for members.
The first obvious sign will be a new magazine – again which will be produced solely for the members and the new Blue Force logo will become prominent throughout the year. One of the principal aims of the group will be to look after the interests of its members, whether in the north of Scotland, the south-west of England or across Ireland.
The team will be joining in, organising and hosting events, large and small, whether it be a major show, a road-run, a working day, a barbecue or simply a small group of like-minded enthusiasts who just want to get together for the common good. Many enthusiasts cannot afford, or do not have suitable transport to travel to the larger shows, so this way it is envisaged that everyone will be “in touch” and catered for.
Every type of Ford / New Holland-related tractor will be accepted, from fully-restored through working, to all-original. Whether it is a UK or Irish-built unit, or one that was built in America or any other part of the world, all are and will be welcome. Each related tractor and every person is as important as the next, and Blue Force will not discriminate or operate in a partisan fashion.
Another of the aims of the group is to provide a full service, from tractor registrations to technical assistance and advice. Tractor and cosmetic repair plus restoration advice are also very much on the agenda, with guidance and general help pertaining to the preservation of anything blue.
A leading team of recognised technical experts has been assembled and will be on hand to give the advice that is needed to run Blue Force and look after the ‘Friends of Fordson – Ford – New Holland & Derivatives’.
All in all, with the enthusiasts’ support, Blue Force could become one of the world’s largest dedicated tractor groups for the enthusiast.