Hosted at the firm’s sale ground in Sutton, near Ely, on the 24th April, the auction grossed over £1.3m as this major event drew collectors and enthusiasts from across the UK along with overseas purchasers bidding online
The tractor section saw an 80 per cent sale rate of the 250 tractors entered, with later classic examples achieving some of the highest prices on the day. The top price paid was £40,736 for a 1979 County 1174 which was originally from Stansted Airport, had 705 hours on the clock, and was sold to a buyer from the West Country, this was followed by a 1989 Ford 7810 Silver Jubilee which sold for £31,088 and a well-presented 1974 Massey Ferguson 1200 which made for £25,728. In addition, a 1968 Roadless 115 made £19,296 and a 1988 Ford 7810 sold for £17,688. The post-war tractors also saw some strong prices, such as a 1952 Fordson E27N Major with a Selene 4WD conversion which made £16,112.
The commercial vehicle section also saw some strong bidding with one the last remaining J Lyons & Co tea lorries still in existence selling for £26,800. Built in 1927 and with only two owners from new, the lorry has been a multiple winner at the London to Brighton run and was sold to a private UK-based buyer. Similarly, a one owner from new 1957 Series 1 Land Rover, needing full restoration, sold for £16,616, and among the earlier examples, a 1909 Merryweather/Pope Hartford fire engine in need of renovation sold for £19,296 whilst a 1939 Marshall RC road roller made £23,369. And proving the appetite for the restoration market, a 1978 Volvo F86 tractor unit for spares sold for £11,148.
Land Rover Series 1
Of the 30 vintage motorcycles on offer, only two were left unsold. The leading lot in the motorcycle section was a 1952 499cc Vincent Comet which had been fully restored and sold for £17,280. This was followed by £11,340 for a AJS 7R based racer and £7,776 for a 1925 Douglas EW. In addition, two pre-war Norton restoration projects sold for £3,672 and £2,484 respectively.
The sale also included a series of unusual collectors’ items including an ex-Trinity Hall punt which was originally used by famous Cambridge punting company, Scudamores, before being sold to the college which made £3,290 and was sold to a private online bidder based in London.
Bill King, Chairman, Cheffins says: “This was an absolute belter of a sale, with a crowd of eager, lockdown-freed buyers bidding both online and at the sale ground. We saw buyers old and new from across the UK all flocking to Cheffins for a slice of normality on a sunny day, and with cash in the bank following lockdown, there was lively bidding across all sections of the auction.
“We can see from the results that the later classic tractors continue to be in vogue, with some heady prices paid for the best and most well-kept examples from the 1970s and 1980s. However, we did also have some particularly fantastic earlier tractors on offer, with an immaculate Fordson E27N ensuring that not all attention was on the modern classics.
“And in addition, lockdown clearly also fed the appetite of the two-wheeled fraternity with some serious prices paid within the motorcycle section, leaving only two examples unsold of the 30 on offer.
“It was heartening to see some level of normality back at the sale ground, with bidders back in force and keen for a day out. We were pleased that everyone adhered to the social distancing measures which were put in place and we were able to deliver a fantastic auction whilst still ensuring all of our buyers and staff were kept safe.
“We hope to continue to be able to offer live bidding at the Cheffins sales, as long as government guidelines allow, and are looking forward to welcoming people back for the July sale.”
The sale allowed traditional live bidding for tractors, vehicles and motorcycles, with other parts of the sale being offered as a timed online auction.
The next Cheffins Vintage sale will take place on the 24th July, at Cheffins Machinery Sale Ground, Sutton, Ely, CB6 2QT.
RANGERS supporters’ group the Union Bears have been out and about early this morning as Scotland goes to the polls.
The Gers‘ ultras grouping have been sharing images on their social media this morning of a series of anti-independence and SNP banners at various locations in and around Glasgow aimed to catch voters’ attention on polling day.
Two Royal Navy vessels are patrolling the waters of Jersey amid fears of a possible blockade by about 60 French fishing boats which gathered off the island “like an invasion”.
France appeared to be sending a naval vessel towards the Channel island’s port of St Helier as a row over post-Brexit fishing rights between the UK and France escalated on Thursday.
A flotilla of French boats headed towards Jersey at about 5am, with fishermen lighting flares and waving banners calling for fishing access to the waters. Two local boats were said to have joined the demonstration as police and islanders looked on.
The Royal Navy’s HMS Severn and HMS Tamar have been deployed by the UK Government to “monitor the situation”.
David Sellam, head of the joint Normandy-Brittany sea authority, was quoted by French media as saying that Jersey had been taken over by an “extremist fringe”, who wanted to profit from Brexit.
He added: “We’re ready for war. We can bring Jersey to its knees if necessary.”
Jersey’s External Affairs Minister, Ian Gorst, said he and the local environment minister will be meeting French fishermen on Thursday morning.
The Commodore Goodwill freight ferry was initially unable to leave the harbour due to the flotilla.
Condor CEO Paul Luxon tweeted: “Sadly she is trapped, we tried to bring her in earlier so in – discharge, load – out, and on her way, but in dialogue with Jersey Authorities ‘safety first’ of course.'”
However, the protest leader later instructed the vessels to let the ship leave, the Jersey Evening Post reported.
Two local boats from Jersey joined the protest, the report added.
Jersey fisherman Josh Dearing described the scene at the port of St Helier on Thursday morning as “like an invasion”, with the French fleet mostly made up of “big French dredgers and trawlers” of 12 metres or more.
Mr Dearing, 28, said: “There were probably about 60 boats. There were a few hand-held flares and smoke flares going off and apparently a few maybe bangers and stuff going off from the French.
“It was quite a sight. It was impressive, I looked from the shore this morning and it was just like a sea of red lights and flares already going off at sea. It was like an invasion.”
Paris has warned it could cut off power to the island, which receives 95 per cent of its electricity from France through three undersea cables, in retaliation for the fallout.
French fishermen launched their protest a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Jersey Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondre and Mr Gorst they have his “unwavering support”.
French maritime minister Annick Girardin warned on Tuesday that the country was ready to take “retaliatory measures”, accusing Jersey of dragging its feet over issuing new licences to French boats.
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A UK Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “HMS Severn and HMS Tamar are deploying to Jersey to conduct maritime security patrols.
“This is a strictly precautionary measure and has been agreed with the Jersey Government.”
A Downing Street spokesman added: “The Prime Minister and Chief Minister stressed the urgent need for a de-escalation in tensions and for dialogue between Jersey and France on fishing access.
“The Prime Minister underlined his unwavering support for Jersey.
“He said that any blockade would be completely unjustified.
“As a precautionary measure the UK will be sending two offshore patrol vessels to monitor the situation.
“They agreed the UK and Jersey Governments would continue to work closely on this issue.”
John Healey MP, Labour’s shadow defence secretary, said the threats on Jersey are “completely unreasonable”, as he urged the Government to meet with their French counterparts and the island’s authorities.
He added: “The Navy’s experience in sensitive situations will help reassure residents and protect Britain’s broader national interests.
“The British government must now get round the table with French colleagues and authorities in Jersey and sort this issue out.”
Don Thompson, president of Jersey Fishermen’s Association, said the “big question on everybody’s lips right now is ‘will our Government capitulate to that sort of tactic?’”
He told Good Morning Britain: “The French fishermen out there want conditions removed from their licences so that they can fish with no constraints in our waters, whilst our boats are subject to all sorts of conditions about how much they can catch, where they can go.”
He said it would be “grossly unfair” if the Government does “capitulate to that” and said such tactics might be used “again and again in the future”.
He added: “They’re not very happy fishermen down here this morning, suspecting that we probably will see our Government give in to that.”
Mr Thompson said Jersey’s fishermen had told the Government they are prepared to ditch their fishing licences if the French win their demands.
He added: “We’ve already told our minister – our licences, some of our fishermen have paid a quarter of a million pounds for our licences – we’re going to get rid of our licences and fish without licences.
“We just will not put up with those (French) boats being left to fish uncontrolled, unsustainably in our waters, whilst we’re subject to all sorts of constraints.”
He said: “It would be grossly unfair and highly discriminatory on our fleet to have to fish against that huge (French) fleet out there in our waters and see those boats have no constraints whatsoever and for our boats to be subject to all sorts of conditions.
“That would just be absolutely unacceptable.”
Speaking to BBC Newsnight on Wednesday, Mr Gorst said the threats from Paris and the French fishermen were being taken “very seriously”.
He added: “They are disproportionate to the issues that are being experienced in the post-Brexit trade licensing issuing.”
The UK and Jersey have already criticised France for making “disproportionate” threats after Paris warned it could cut off electricity to the island.
The row began after the island implemented new requirements under the terms of the UK-EU trade deal for boats to submit evidence of their past fishing activities in order to receive a licence to carry on operating in Jersey waters.
A UK Government spokesman earlier said: “To threaten Jersey like this is clearly unacceptable and disproportionate.
“We are working closely with the EU and Jersey on fisheries access provisions following the end of the transition period so trust the French will use the mechanisms of our new treaty to solve problems.”
Mr Gorst told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Wednesday: “This is not the first threat that the French have made to either Jersey or the United Kingdom since we are into this new deal.
“It would seem disproportionate to cut off electricity for the sake of needing to provide extra details so that we can refine the licences.”
On Wednesday Mr Gorst held talks with Marc Lefevre, the president of the La Manche region of northern France, on the “difficult set of issues relating to fishing licences”.
“There are a number of important matters which we will continue to work through,” he said.
Jersey receives 95% of its electricity from France through three undersea cables.
Ms Girardin told the French parliament that it gave Paris the “means” to act against the island if the issue could not be resolved.
“Even though I am sorry that it has come to this, we will do so if we have to,” she said.
Mr Gorst, however, said the island was not seeking to bar boats which had historically fished in Jersey waters and insisted the dispute could be resolved amicably.
He said that of the 41 boats which sought licences under the new rules last Friday, all but 17 had provided the evidence required.
“The trade deal is clear but I think there has been some confusion about how it needs to be implemented, because we absolutely respect the historic rights of French fishermen to fish in Jersey waters as they have been doing for centuries,” he said.
“I do think a solution can be found.
“I am optimistic that we can provide extra time to allow this evidence to be provided.”
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Britain has described French threats to cut off electricity to the Channel Island of Jersey “unacceptable” in an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.
“To threaten Jersey like this is clearly unacceptable and disproportionate,” a UK government spokesman said, promising to work with the European Union to thrash out a solution.
France warned on Tuesday it was weighing its response after the UK imposed rules governing access for French fishing boats near the Channel Islands, and said it could involve the electricity supply via underwater cables.
French maritime minister Annick Girardin accused Jersey, the largest Channel Island, of dragging its feet over the issuing of licences to French vessels under the terms of Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels.
Jersey, a self-governing British Crown dependency off the coast of France, has said it will require boats to submit further details before the licences can be granted, and pleaded for patience.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Jersey Chief Minister John Le Fondré on Wednesday, when the pair “stressed the urgent need for a de-escalation in tensions,” according to a statement from Downing Street.
“The Prime Minister underlined his unwavering support for Jersey,” it added.
He also said that any potential blockade of Jersey’s ports by French fishermen “would be completely unjustified,” adding that he was sending two patrol vessels “as a precautionary measure”.
‘Optimistic’ of a resolution
The deepening row over fishing is one of several disputes that have emerged between the UK and the European Union since London left the bloc’s single market and customs union at the start of the year.
Jersey External Affairs Minister Ian Gorst told BBC Radio on Wednesday: “It would seem disproportionate to cut off electricity for the sake of needing to provide extra details so that we can refine the licences.
“I do think a solution can be found. I am optimistic that we can provide extra time to allow this evidence to be provided.”
Paris and London have increasingly clashed over fishing in recent weeks, as French fishermen say they are being prevented from operating in British waters because of difficulties in obtaining licences.
On Thursday morning, around 100 French fishing vessels will sail to Jersey port to protest over the issuing of the licences, the head of fisheries for the Normandy region, Dimitri Rogoff, told AFP.
Mr Rogoff said however that they would not try to blockade the port and would return to France in the afternoon.
In the latest move, Britain on Friday authorised 41 ships equipped with Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) technology – which allows ships to be located – to fish in waters off Jersey.
But this list was accompanied by new demands which France’s fisheries ministry has said were not arranged or discussed with Paris, effectively creating new zoning rules for the waters near Jersey.
UK government minister Nadhim Zahawi said the two sides need to work “constructively” on “operational challenges that we need to fix together”.
“This is an issue for the (European) Commission to work with our team,” he told Sky News.