Paul Rackham is a self made Norfolk man who has held a passion of collecting vintage and classic tractors for the past 20 years. According to East Anglian Daily Times Mr Rackham held an interest in farming from a very young age and used to look out for odd jobs in his village such as milking cow’s or chopping wood. These odd jobs developed and he began shooting and selling animals such as rabbits and moles, which he then sold to a furrier for a profit. By the time this entrepreneur was 20 years of age he was making an excellent profit in the buying and selling of livestock. A passion for farming never left this interesting fellow who has collected vintage tractors for the past 20 years.
On September 26th Cheffins and Clarke & Simpson will auction Paul Rackham’s collection, which is one of the largest private collections in the UK, as other family family members do not share his passion and he has ‘come to a time in life where decisions have to be made.’ The collection contains over 200 vehicles that span over 30 manufacturers and cover a period ranging from the First World War to the 1970’s.
A brilliant video of the auction can also be viewed by selecting this link. One of this auctions star lots is undoubtedly the 1918 Holt 75, the sole surviving example operated by the British Army during the First World War. This tractor was one of 1,362 supplied to the British War Department which were mainly used as gun tractors to haul heavy Howitzers. The lot contains a large history file containing invoices and documents relating to the restoration work, correspondence and archive images.
To view the catalogue of this once in a lifetime sale please click here.
Paul Rackham’s autobiography No Time to Waste is published through Thorogood Publishing Ltd at £16.99.