Most of us who grew up with tractors of the 1970s still have fond memories of our early work experiences with these tractors. So much so that those not normally prone to sentimentality, myself included, get a different feeling when you locate a tractor that meant something special to you at a particular time of your youth.

That special day when I came to collect the John Deere 1020 from Tony Harty in Kiltulla, Co Galway, a tractor that had meant so much to me.