The vintage tractor-collecting hobby may not be as strong as it used to be. A look at the selling prices of older restored machines indicates that demand for them is down from its high over a decade ago. That has been attributed to a hobby dominated by an aging demographic. But an event in southern Manitoba this week showed it still has an appeal to all ages, and younger generations are showing interest in these great machines.
The 10th annual running of the Tractor Trek, which is organized and sponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach and Eden Health Care Services, saw over 40 tractors take part. Drivers and participants of all ages took in the event. As one organizer put it, it’s a chance for those who restore and own the classic machines to get them out and put them to use for a good cause: raising money for charity. And the number of tractors taking part this year was up from 2018. That’s a good sign for the collector hobby.
The tractors make a road trip of roughly 50 kilometres stopping at various locations along the way. We met up with them at their lunch stop near Mitchell, Manitoba.
The machines entered in this year’s Trek covered a wide range of ages and brands, some looking pristine and others still in their “working clothes”. Here is a look at some of those that caught our eye.