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Australian hobbyists drive tractors across the U.S.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Australians are driving tractors across America.
Australians are driving tractors across America.

A group of Australians calling themselves the Transworld Tractor Treks is embarked on a mission to drive five Chamberlain Champion 9G Tractors on a 5,000-mile journey across the United States.

The 9G Tractor, a model manufactured by Chamberlain Industries in Western Australia between 1955 and 1966, can reach speeds of 30 mph and has become a popular recreational vehicle in the land down under. Chamberlain Industries was purchased in 1970 by Deere & Company.

In 2007, the Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club of Western Australia re-enacted the exploits of Tail End Charlie, the nickname given to the Chamberlain Champion Tractor that participated in the 1957 Mobilgas Round Australia Rally - a 15,000 kilometer trek.

Last week, as the trekkers traveled through Illinois, they stopped by the Penfield Historic Field Days to participate in a tractor show and parade.

"Our Aussie tractors were invited to join the parade, which they did with pride," the trekkers reported on their website. "In the evening most of the group joined some locals for a few quiet drinks and lots of fun at the Deer Club. Word has it that some trekkers continued on to another local establishment!"ADNFCR-2034-ID-19265463-ADNFCR

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