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Drake and Fletcher

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1914. The Broadway Garage.

Drake and Fletcher of Maidstone were an engineering company

1898 Company formed as a small engineering shop in the former premises of Drake and Muirhead

1900 June. Royal Agricultural Show at York. Showed an engine

1900 J. A. Drake designed and built the first motor car in Maidstone but although used by himself and his family, it never went into production.[1]

1903 Their first tractor was produced with a three cylinder petrol engine. The tractor was designed for all types of farm work and was featured in a 1903 issue of the Hardware Trades Journal as being "designed for all kinds of farm and general estate work, including ploughing, cultivating, reaping, binding, mowing, hop washing, etc and is also capable of being used for stationary work".

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Petrol Motor Commercial Vehicles see the 1917 Red Book under the Mistifier name.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • From 1890 to the Present Day Farm Tractors by Michael Williams published in 2005 by Silverdale Books ISBN 978-1-84509-251-1