The JB Dewar’s Tractor Restoration Instructional Program held its annual competitors on the weekend of July 25 with the biggest area of tractors the occasion has seen in its 20 years, and Atascadero senior Casey Havemann earned the grand prize. This 12 months’s competitors, which normally takes place in the course of the California Mid-State Honest, featured 10 totally different tractors with 15 rivals.
This system was based in 2000 by Ken Dewar as a enjoyable academic program for youths in San Luis Obispo County and tied it to the DELO Nationwide Tractor Restoration program, which Havemann is about to enter.
The competitors is judged in three equally weighted areas, the precise restoration of the tractor, their document guide the place college students document all the pieces they do to their tractors and the way lengthy they spend, in addition to a short oral report back to the judges.
Most college students start within the fall and spend between 9 months to a 12 months, logging greater than 400 hours, on their tractors getting ready them for the competitors in late July. College students can select to revive their very own tractor or choose their very own from the JB Dewar yard of tractors donated to this system.
“JB Dewar owns the tractor till they enter it into the competitors,” Program Coordinator Rachel Dewar stated. “As soon as they end all of the work, and it’s working, and it appears to be like good, it’s the college students to maintain. Then, what they do with it’s completely as much as the contestant, however I might say greater than 90% of the scholars find yourself conserving them.”
Havemann sits together with his tractor earlier than restoration (Contributed images).
Whereas the competitors would possibly look like it’s aimed toward lifelong gear heads, it’s open to all talent and data ranges.
“We had a bunch of ladies this 12 months that I joked about not figuring out the distinction between a steering wheel and a tire,” Dewar stated. “They really got here into it blind, and by the tip of the 12 months, they’re speaking about issues over my head. It’s enjoyable to see them be taught the mechanical facet and likewise we have now had college students who got here in actually shy after which talked your ear off on the finish. It’s nice to see them develop.”
Havemann entered this system as a rookie however is, at this level, a veteran going out on high. He’s a shining instance of what can occur when a pupil commits to this system. The present Greyhound is John Elway strolling off the sphere in 1998 hoisting a championship trophy, besides his prize is a yellow 1958 Case Terratrac 320.
“I’m executed with the tractors now,” Havemann stated. “However I’ll use that cash to repay what’s left from the tractors after which the remaining goes towards school.”
Havemann and his brother Taylor grew up exhibiting pigs on the Mid-State Honest till in the future, the tractor restoration program caught their eye. Just a few months later, Taylor had his first tractor entered in this system. Casey watched, took an interest, joined, and continued to take action after his brother went off to school.
Havemann entered his first tractor, a 1951 Farmall Tremendous-C, in 2018 and positioned third, however a couple of weeks later discovered the tractor that will take him to the nationwide competitors.
“I first noticed the tractor on the MGE yard in Paso the place folks can donate tractors to the JB Dewar program,” Havemann stated. “My brother had executed an Oliver Dozer with a blade on it, and I believed it was a brilliant cool tractor, so I wished to do one. I ended up liking this one, and it was an entire tractor and a adequate one to grasp what it was like from the manufacturing unit.”
The longer term mechanical engineer started engaged on this tractor in 2019 and spent 533 whole hours breaking it down and constructing it again up.
One other essential issue within the tractor competitors is the coed’s potential to fundraise to assist their initiatives.
“College students are accountable for funding their tractor restorations, and we encourage them to exit into the group and ask for assist from totally different corporations,” Dewar acknowledged. “The companies round right here love this program and love supporting the youngsters.”
Fortunately for Havemann, he was in a position to maintain his rebuild on the decrease facet of prices spending $3,000 on the restoration, a few of which he had from the prize cash gained in 2018.
“I used to be in a position to maintain cash from engaged on years previous and save up,” he stated. “Complete, on my tractor, was about $3,000, which type of looks as if loads but when you consider knowledgeable paint job on a automotive is $10,000 these days, so it’s type of shocking I used to be in a position to rebuild that tractor fully for slightly below that quantity.”
Months of labor and tons of of hours in his store all led to July 25 and the potential to win and take house JB Dewar’s grand prize of $4,000. When he lastly heard his title, he didn’t know what to do.
“It by no means actually sunk in till the day after when my mother posted one thing on Fb for me, and there have been a number of feedback of congratulations,” Havemann stated. “I used to be somewhat in shock.”
The senior nonetheless has another 12 months of highschool. He can start thinking about schools however already has a listing in thoughts, together with Reedley, the place his brother presently attends, and the John Deere school in Oregon.
Behind Havemann in second place was fellow Greyhound Josh Jorgensen, who entered a 1941 McCormick Deering O4, adopted by Ben Foxford and his 1961 Massey Ferguson 35 Diesel from San Luis Obispo.
Havemann can have his tractor submitted to the DELO Nationwide Tractor Restoration Competitors this month, with the occasion going down in September.
2nd place finisher Josh Jorgensen and his 1941 McCormick Deering O4.
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