TRACTOR collectors from across eastern Australia gathered in Inverell on the weekend to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Farmall tractors and celebrate the centenary of the Case IH Farmall.
Set on Saturday, the record saw 110 Farmalls ranging in age from 1920s to current models travel 3.2km around the trotting track at the Inverell Showground.
Representatives from Guinness World Records were in the northern New South Wales town for the attempt, with participants and onlookers erupting into celebrations when Guinness World Records
adjudicator confirmed the record had been set.
Inverell business operator Tom Horwood has been collecting tractors for more than 40 years and has dozens of vintage Farmalls in his collection, the oldest a Farmall Regular from the late 1920s.
“It was really exciting to be out there with so many other Farmall enthusiasts, and while we were hoping we could succeed in setting the record, you can never be sure, particularly when you’re dealing with so many vintage machines,” Mr Horwood said.
“When the adjudicator told us we’d done it, we were over the moon.”
“For Case IH to select Inverell as the place to hold the 100th birthday celebrations for this amazing tractor is a great honour for our community and it’s something I’ll always remember.”
Case IH Australia/New Zealand general manager Aaron Bett said the adrenaline was running for all the participants as they started the record attempt.
“We always wanted to hold a very special celebration for our Farmall tractor, and the record success has really been the icing on the cake,” Mr Bett said.
“The Inverell community, the council and the local business chamber have been so generous with their assistance and support and have helped us make the Farmall centenary the memorable event we were aiming for.
“This tractor really changed the face of global agriculture when it was launched in 1923 and has continued to evolve over the past 100 years to meet the demands and expectations of farmers here, and around the world.
“We’re proud of the fact the celebrations in Inverell have honoured the Farmall’s incredible legacy in Australia and New Zealand and I thank everyone who has been involved.”
Source: Case IH