A new member, so I'll start with a back story, which may be somewhat familiar to some! Always had an interest in machines and engines, so lawnmowers were a natural attraction. I acquired my first lawnmower engine at the age of about 10, a non running Suffolk 75G 14, possibly a model 1A as it had a rope start and the square tank. It had been left abandoned in an old shed at the Manse, and when the new Reverend moved in a brand new Suffolk Super Colt, still using the 75cc engine was bought as its successor, and I was given the duty of cutting the Manse lawn with it every week for the princely sum of £3. Got the old engine up and running with the help of the local lawn mower repair man. As usual it did not require much more than a clean of the points to get it going, although the fuel tank had rusted out. And so my love for Suffolk mowers and their engines in particular began.
Over the years I had acquired a number of Suffolk mowers and engines, most of them giving up their engines for one project or another. Forty years on and I am now somewhat reluctant to see a mower go for scrap, even if they are not worth much. Sobering to think that they are now older than the 1920's Atcos that would have been considered collectable back then!
So now I seem to have caught the bug for collecting 60 year old plus mowers. The first mower I bought specifically as a collectable was a Qualcast Commodore as it was the model of mower that my Grandfather had, and had a Suffolk Engine. Was kind of disappointed that my Uncle inherited that one rather than me, especially as I had used it myself almost every time I visited, right up until my Grandmother moved out in the 1990's and it was a very well looked after machine.
The two latest I have added is an early Hayterette with the Villiers Torque-Master 2 stroke, and a very early 1950's Suffolk Punch.
The Villiers engine needs a coil and an air filter, but otherwise seems OK. The Suffolk is a runner and in very original/complete/straight condition, albeit with quite a lot of surface rust, particularly on the grass box. Kind of looks like what I would expect a cared for machine to look like after mowing lawns every year for 70 years without fuss!