"It looks like rain
In early July 2007 I set off for a week away,
to work with volunteers at the RASE's Royal Show, having made certain
As usual, I wrote down everything which I was
supposed to do on my return in the office diary, otherwise from experience, I
would not remember it after such a high pressure week.
I booked the usual tractor advert with the
Farmers Weekly to appear the following friday, after the show.
As an afterthought I also told the FW
salesperson to stick a 'one liner' under Wheels & Tyres to say
"Cheap Dual Wheels
for Tractors or Combines. Tel 01677 422158."
This was because there had been comments (!)
about stacks of old wheels made by the Environmental Health dept, and I had just
had a quote to dispose of them at a potential cost of £2800.
I then left for the Show and as predicted
forgot all about it.
just a bit !
I returned a day earlier than normal, on the
thursday night, because the show was closed by the HSE on the wednesday night,
due to the heavy rain making conditions in the car parks dangerous for
I was absolutely shattered, and went to bed early.
On Friday morning at 06.55, I was woken up by
the phone ringing.
A chap from Shropshire, asking about dual
wheels for a combine.
I asked him if I could ring him back when I was
I did, but at 10.40, because the phone just
kept ringing and ringing and ringing......
If I had suspected what was going to happen
over that w/e, I would have kept the staff in on overtime.
On the Saturday I loaded a low loader from
Hereford with wheels.
Owned by a farmer, it had arrived with two
other farmers on board, to collect six pairs of duals.
Their phones were ringing too, and it left
loaded to bridge height including a full flotation set, which had been earmarked
for our own combine,
At no time while I was loading that lorry, were
there less than two Ifor Williamses parked outside,
their owners helping each other to chose and
handball wheels onto their trailers.
By monday night we were cleaned out of used
wheels, and had only three new 'sets of eight' for Steigers left.
On tuesday morning I was asked how much a pair
of new ones would be, but I explained that each set consisted of four pairs,
which I would not split up to sell the odd pair.
By lunchtime I was splitting them, and by Wed
night, all twelve new pairs had also gone.
72 pairs in six WHOLE days of
The same advert is being
and guess what....
The staff are away for two weeks having their
pre harvest holidays.
I can't wait...........!!
As you can see from the home page, it was a
minor replay of 2007.
Between putting the advert on the home page on
the Sunday, and the FW advert appearing on the Friday,
we had already sold out of 650 x 32 duals, and
continued with 20.8 x 38 instead.
We now only have three pairs of 20.8 x 38 left
to match alongside the usual 800 x 32 combine wheels.
Haven't yet worked out how many were sold.