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The Nordic Tractor by Justin Roberts.

 

The Nordic Tractor traces the history of tractor production in Sweden and Finland.

The story goes back over 200 years to the 19th century when the industrial revolution was sweeping across Britain, and Sweden wanted to establish their own manufacturing powerhouses.

This was an exciting and fast moving time for engineering and this book traces the ups, downs and eventual demise of some of the first manufacturers working to serve the particular needs of the agricultural and forestry industries in this densely forested and rock strewn region of Northern Europe. It then looks in depth at the companies who emerged from the early turmoil, and how they developed their products based on the widespread technological advances of the time to create a tractor industry unique to the region.

Today, Valtra Ė now owned by AGCO - stands proudly as the last remaining agricultural tractor maker in Scandinavia, but The Nordic Tractor shows where their roots lie in the establishment and history of companies such as Bolinder, Munktells, Volvo and Valmet, who all stood out as being major players in the Nordic region.

Including over 100 photos, many of which have been previously unpublished, this book will appeal to those with a specific interest in Nordic tractors, Nordic engineering and general Nordic history as well as the general tractor enthusiast.


The Nordic Tractor

The Nordic Tractor. Published by Old Pond Nov 2017.

   
 
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The Trouble With Germany By Justin Roberts.

From the history of the British Motorcycle industry to the importance of sex workers within the German economy this book attempts to join up a few of the dots that make up the bigger picture of Europe today.

 

Frustrated by government spin and the whitewash applied by the media over the extent and cause of the recession the author takes a trip over to the continent to try and get a grasp of what the modern Europe is all about. The resulting account of his travels and subsequent research paints a picture that is often at odds with the political narrative we are expected to unquestioningly accept.

 

Riding is the thinking manís driving and here we have an excellent example of how travel by two wheels can expand the horizons through inspiration and reflection. It is an essential read for bikers wanting to gain more from their touring or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of our continental colleagues.


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The Trouble with Germany. Published Oct 2013.
Paperback, 252 pages.