Winning story formula about tractor strikes gold
Nigel Gamble's winning tale about the family tractor has paid off.
Gamble's story won him a national competition - and a brand new $30,000 Case IH tractor.
The lifestyle block owner in the Totara Valley, near Pleasant Point received his prize on Friday afternoon, just reward for his story about his family tractor.
It was about a 1947 Farmall H, that he spent five years recommissioning following a spell of 20 years lying dormant in the shed.
Gamble's tale was one of about 200 entries, Cochranes Timaru branch manager and Case IH tractor representative Craig Bampton said.
The competition was held to promote 175 years of Case IH tractors, Bampton said, and Gamble's story "ticked all the boxes".
Gamble's family bought the tractor new in 1947.
"It was purchased brand new by my grandfather Arthur Gilbert and his brother who farmed in partnership.
"I never got to meet my grandfather as he passed away in 1955 when my mother was only seven.
"When he passed on he left my grandmother with five children and a farm to run without her husband."
Gamble said his uncle, 14 at the time, had to leave school and take on the farm.
"My uncle used the Farmall H as the main tractor on the farm, and he and other family members were able to continue my grandfather's work with the tractor and keep the farm."
The tractor never left the farm, situated at Southbridge, south of Christchurch, and was left in the shed, untouched, for about 20 years.
"When I took ownership of the tractor I found it in rather a poor condition, and over five years I have restored it to near new condition," Gamble said.
Two of his uncles, Robert and Mervyn Gilbert were at the presentation on Friday.
Robert said he remembered, at age seven, when the tractor was delivered to the farm in Southbridge in 1947.
Both men said they were proud of their nephew and the work he had done in restoring the tractor.
"It's all down to Nigel and his many hours of work," Robert said.
Gamble said he plans to use his prize to carry out an assortment of jobs on his Totara Valley property.