Massey Ferguson rolls into Blenheim on big trip

Whitianga farmer Graham Murrell with his granddaughter Katie Biggs, 8, who came over with her family from Richmond to ...
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Whitianga farmer Graham Murrell with his granddaughter Katie Biggs, 8, who came over with her family from Richmond to see Murrell during his charity drive from Whitianga to Bluff on his 1952 classic Massey Ferguson tractor.

An adventurous farmer has rolled onto South Island soil for the first time in his mission to drive a tractor from the Coromandel to Southland.

Whitianga man Graham Murrell arrived in Marlborough on Monday afternoon after negotiating Wellington traffic and boarding the ferry on his 1952 classic Massey Ferguson tractor.

Travelling at 20kmh has meant he's been able to meet plenty of people, even some he hadn't seen for years.

"While I was driving from Picton two guys on a horse float waved me down and it turned out to be two guys from Te Awamutu who I knew but I haven't seen them for ages.

"It's been awesome meeting people along the way," he said.

Some of his family from Richmond also took the opportunity to catch up.

"My granddaughter, Katie, came over, and seeing her was great because I don't get to see them very often."

Murrell is driving from Whitianga to Bluff this month "just for fun" and to raise money for the Whitianga Social Services who look after the elderly in his community.

"I used to milk cows for a lot of years and you'd get half-way or three-quarters of the way through calving, it would be muddy and 60 to 70 hour weeks and I just quietly wanted to ride off into the sunset on a tractor and here I am."

So far about $3500 has been raised on his trip.

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Travelling between 60 and 140 kilometres each day means Murrell won't reach Bluff until March 21.

 

 - The Marlborough Express

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