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Harry Ferguson - 16th May 2016
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Harry Ferguson
Harry Turkington and President Brenda Houston


Harry Turkington provided members with a comprehensive and engaging insight into the life and engineering genius of Harry Ferguson. He traced his career from his early days working in a bicycle shop through his interest in aviation when he designed, built and flew the first aircraft in N. Ireland, to his successful engineering of the Ferguson tractor and other agricultural equipment which changed the face of farming. He described his dealings with Henry Ford and their protracted law suit which resulted in Harry Ferguson being awarded substantial compensation.

Speaker Harry Turkington also outlined a lesser known aspect of Harry Ferguson's engineering genius describing his involvement with the motor racing industry designing a four wheel drive formula one car which was driven by Stirling Moss.


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