Each tractor tells its own story
IT'S a hobby gone haywire, and now Albert Brimblecombe has a collection of more than 100 tractors.
Mr Brimblecombe will be auctioning off his entire collection of historic machinery on June 23 at his home in Highfields.
He started his collection in the early 1980s after picking up an old Fordson at an auction.
"Nobody wanted the old tractors so I thought I'd take one home and see if I could get it going,” he said.
"I got it going and I got a bit of a thrill out of that, so it continued on from there.
"You'd hear about something someone had laying in a paddock that nobody wants, so you'd go and pick it up and see if you could get it going. So it was a challenge really.”
Mr Brimblecombe said some of his tractors took years to restore, including his oldest tractor, a Titan type D from 1911.
"When I was farming I'd work on a tractor for a bit, then I'd go farming for a bit, then I'd have a spare half day so I'd work on the tractor again,” he said.
"For the Titan type D, I took a period of eight years to get it together. I had to collect parts and make parts.
"It was fantastic when we finally got it running.”
When Mr Brimblecombe looked across his extensive collection he said he had several favourites.
"This little one here. It's the smallest tractor John Deere ever built,” he said.
"They never brought them to Australia, I was lucky enough to get that one to Australia.
"A fellow in America put me on to it and we organised to get it shipped over.”
He said he would be sad to say goodbye to his tractor collection.
"I've got to the stage that as I'm getting older handling them is becoming a heavier work on me,” he said.
"And as we get older we have to make decisions, and my decision was to clean up and settle down again.
"I hope that the people that get them enjoy them as much as I did.”
Matt Beer from Bundaberg Auctions Australia Wide will be the auctioneer at the sale.
"I do these sales all over Australia, a lot of vintage tractors, engines, museums. And this is probably one of the biggest single owned tractor collections that I've done,” Mr Beer said.
"There are a lot of John Deeres, there's that big Titan down there which is a pretty sought-after tractor.
"There are some one-off in Australia tractors there. There's a terrific line-up.”
Mr Beer said Mr Brimblecombe had saved the historic tractors.
"Most of them we destined for the scrap heap. But now those tractors, they'll be here forever,” he said.
"A lot of the kids generation today, the only way they can comprehend back to farming is to see these kinds of things.
"And if it weren't for these sort of blokes like Albert Brimblecombe, it would have been gone forever.”
Mr Beer said the auction had received an overwhelming amount of response.
"We've had a lot of response from Western Australia, South Australia and all the way up to Cairns. We've had response from New Zealand, Canada and America,” he said.
"There's quite a few from New Zealand that I know that have booked their tickets and accommodation and everything and they'll be here for the sale.
"It's going to be a fairly wide-spread event.
"I'm expecting a huge crowd. And it warrants a huge crowd.
"You can go to a tractor show where a hundred members bring their tractors and you probably won't ever see as an impressive line-up as we have here.”
The auction has no reserve, no buyers premium and no GST.
"This sale will put a true market on vintage tractors in Australia,” Mr Beer said.