Fine old tractors haul in donations

Last updated 13:00 25/02/2014

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Ten vintage Chamberlain tractors have rolled through Nelson as part of an effort to support the Child Cancer Foundation.

The Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club of Western Australia shipped the restored machines across the Tasman to Lyttelton at the beginning of this month, and they will drive more than 2500km around the South Island to finish in Methven on March 15.

Organiser Ron Bywaters said most of the group had previous tractor driving experience around mainland Australia, Tasmania and the United States. They organised a trek every year, sometimes spending months away from home. Drivers from New Zealand also joined the cavalcade.

"We decided that [New Zealand] would be an ideal location to hold a tractor trek," he said. "The scenery is spectacular, the people friendly and as our speed will be 30 to 40 kilometres per hour, we will have time to smell the roses."

While on the road, the trekkers have stayed mainly at holiday parks. They have also been hosted by branch members of the Child Cancer Foundation.

They collect donations online and in buckets while on the road, and have raised about $2600 so far. Members of the public can support the tractor trekkers by texting "tractor" to 206 or by visiting

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