Trac­tor treat

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION - By So­phie Bald­win

Some peo­ple might col­lect stamps or coins while oth­ers go for some­thing on a larger scale.

And you can’t get much larger than Greg Glenn’s col­lec­tion of In­ter­na­tional trac­tors.

With more than 340 in the col­lec­tion, they take up some se­ri­ous space.

Mr Glenn has spent the past 40 years col­lect­ing them from every state in the coun­try bar the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, and has de­cided to put his col­lec­tion un­der the auc­tion ham­mer on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13.

The col­lec­tion fea­tures some pretty rare pieces, in­clud­ing one of only eight Acre­mas­ter 310 trac­tors made in Aus­tralia in the 1970s and a Hy­dro 100 and Hy­dro 70 — both very col­lectable trac­tors.

‘‘Dad was an In­ter­na­tional Har­vester man who worked at the lo­cal deal­er­ship and I guess that’s where my in­ter­est started,’’ Mr Glenn said.

‘‘I have al­ways been a col­lec­tor. When I was a kid it started with stamps but I out­grew that and started to fo­cus on any­thing In­ter­na­tional which turned into trac­tors, tins, boxes and signs as well.’’

Mr Glenn reck­ons about half the trac­tors for sale are in work­ing or­der.

‘‘They made these trac­tors to last and there is so much his­tory sur­round­ing the brand and the ma­chin­ery. It will be good to see some of them go to new homes in­stead of to scrap or the wreck­ers.’’

Mr Glenn said he would be sad to see the col­lec­tion go, but he is hang­ing on to about 20 that he can’t part with.

‘‘It’s time to re­tire and move off the farm. I will take a few favourites with me, in­clud­ing my grand­fa­ther’s Far­mall H from the 1940s.’’ ■ The Ma­jor Case In­ter­na­tional Col­lec­tors Auc­tion will be held at Thyra Rd, Moama on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3 from 10 am. In­spec­tions are avail­able on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. De­tails and pho­tos of the lots are avail­able on the Land­mark web­site.

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