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Way of My Zetor 25 A in Finland

Its really nice to see pages about antique tractors. Ive driven Zetor 25 A more than 30 years (Im 34 now. . . ), because my father bought a tractor for carrying firewood from the woods of very small village of Kuhmalahti in the heart of Finland. Zetor was the cheapest, and 25 A the smallest modell. You might know after The second World War many of finnish mororcycles, cars and tractors came from eastern lands of Europe, like Soviet Union, Zeck, E-Germany and Poland. Of course, at first I was on my dad´s knee hanging on the steering wheel. We also carry potatoes, sand, broken wheels and motors of old cars aso, and sometimes we went to local bar to buy ice-cream or drink soda (my father is the priest). Local farmers had much more bigger tractors like Ford, Porsche, David Brown and Volvo at early -70ies. I remember they had a good laught when We drove as fast as We could on those muddy and bumby sandroads with that legendary strong paka-paka -voice. We did quite much forest works with Zetor, although it was really NOT made for that kind of working. I have done lot of my studying-money by cutting trees with motorsaw and carrying them out of woods by small Zetor 25. It was really hard work for young man, when it was more than 20 minus-degrees in Celsius and lot of snow, and You have to drive many miles to Your working place in deep forest. Later I have only drive by Zetor like hobby or even small traveling. I´ve drove eight times from Kangasala to Rämsöö Hard Tecnology Days, one way is something like 75 kilometers and then next day back. Two days ago I drove my own Zetor 25 A -56 from Kangasala to Punkaharju. It took two warm and beautifull days, more than 400 kilometers of small roads, total 22 driving-hours, about 60 litres diesel, 10 litres motoroil, two broken (too old) frontwheels, no bottle of beer but quite lot of coffee and pipe tobacco. I have heard some people has driven much more longer tours in Finland (and Kosovo, too. . . ) I really enjoyed that tour, cause there were no hurry to anywhere, no screaming and fighting kids behind You, no naging wife beside You, weather was beautiful and life was smiling. I have to jump down by tractorseat every two hours, and that was often the drivingtime between two small villages or beautifully viewplaces. I have to say You can never see so many so happy people during the road You drive old funny Zetor. Ok, it´s a long story. I hope safety miles for all tractordrivers.

-Eero Knaapi phone: 358-50-375 3383 email: eero. knaapi@lusto. fi ad: Vaahersalontie 216 58450 Punkaharju Finland, Europe

P. S: If You have any parts to Zundapp single DB 200 2-stroke -38, Zundapp Bella Roller 200 -55 (rubberparts needed!), or if You have cheap Honda Four -72/-73 in original condition for sale, call or email me, please.

Eero Knaapi, EU, entered 2000-07-14
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