[ROVERNET - UK] Re: Rover & Shanghai

Mike Shaddick mikshdik at ozemail.com.au
Mon Nov 29 00:43:55 GMT 2004

>Today(Friday 11-26) there was a front page article about the Chinese
>Entrepreneur who bought majority interest in  MG./RoverGroup  He got his
>mechanical start repairing Farm tractors. At least he has  something in
>common with Henry Ford, whose  First Sales job was selling Westinghouse
>Steam tractors. Henry Ford later built Fordson Tractors , but was not really
>successful in the tractor business, until he made a handshake deal with
>Henry Ferguson the British genius, and built Ford-Ferguson Tractors.Black,
>President of Standard motors built tractor engines; they were used in the
>TR2. David Brown of Aston Martin first built tractors. I believe there are
>Porsche Tractors, And didn't Lamborghini build tractors? In the beginning,
>LandRover was designed as an agricultural vehicle. So at least Mr Lu
>Guanquiu has the right background for this business.Let us hope he also has
>some Sporting blood in his veins He drives a Volkswagen, so that is an
>unanswered question.James Dean, Ft. Lauderdale.

Does this explain why In am oft accused by 'er indoors, of spending all my
time and effort, not to mention all our money, on that "old tractor"?


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