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Tractor trekkers hit the long paddock

Tuesday, 2nd September, 2008

Not content to follow the vast majority by purchasing a luxurious 4WD with all the creature comforts, the pair choose to travel by tractor.

The couple, from Young, brought their vehicle of choice to town yesterday, much to the amusement of onlookers.

Mr Thompson said that the 1960 Chamberlain Champion 9G tractor is a talking point wherever they go.

The Thompsons are part of the Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club of Western Australia and are making their way home after a two-month trip organised by the group, which took in remote parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland.

The club has 180 members and 40 tractors and every two years they organise a big trip to indulge in their passion for the farming machinery.

The group raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service on their travels and over the last eight years their efforts have netted $268,000 for the health service.

Mr Thompson, who considers himself a fan of The Silver City, said he hoped the next fundraising trip would be in and around Broken Hill.

"It's a great town.

"We'll pushing for this region when we have our AGM in February."

Despite being restricted to 50 kilometres an hour, Mr Thompson said he would rather tow his caravan over the rough roads with his tractor than with a luxurious four-wheel drive.

"They ride a lot better," he said. "Ours rides as smooth as anything."

Another two tractors from this year's trip also made a stopover in Broken Hill yesterday, and are due to head home today.

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