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Tractors Kalashnikovs and Green Tea My Life of Tractors and Travels by Ian M. Johnston

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This is a book about tractors, places and people. Ian Johnston is a renowned international expert on tractors. Beginning with his boyhood in Fife and Edinburgh, he tells of venturing to Australia alone at the age of 16. His experiences as a jackaroo, truck driving, erecting windmills and driving tractors are full of interest and humour.

It was tractors that first took him to Japan and green tea. It was tractors and a visit to the Farmliner factory in Romania that introduced Ian to Kalashnikovs. Of course, he did choose to drive there through what was then Yugoslavia and Bulgaria at a time when such visits from Westerners were regarded with great suspicion.

His passion for tractors extends to finding and restoring old and rare tractors. Throughout the book he talks of the motor cycles and cars that he and his wife owned. He possesses some rare and interesting tractors and some wonderful old cars. He tells the stories of these machines with love and humour.

This is a book for anyone who has even a passing interest in tractors and cars.

Ian has lived the history of post war farming and farm machinery in Australia.

Sit back and enjoy his travels with tractors and gain an insight into a part of Australia's history not often seen.

The author Ian M. Johnston is a noted historian and photographer and writers about tractors and their development in Australia and overseas. He is the author of several books on the history of tractors and now shares with us his life with tractors.

Code No. 015251, 320 pages, ISBN 9781921719042, $39.95

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