1 September 1995

Heres how our winners are enjoying their prizes

Ever wondered whether farmers weekly competition prizes were fact or fiction? Well, they do exist. Here Andrew Faulkner profiles four past tractor winners

WINNING a new tractor has encouraged Oxfordshire farmer Brian Kimberley to take on more contracting work.

Mr Kimberley, who runs a small farm at Hook Norton, near Chipping Norton, won the second of the two £24,000 Case 4230 tractors in the 1994 farmers weekly/ Case IH competition. In the past he only baled his own hay and straw but now he is able to bale on other land in the Hook Norton area. All his hay and straw is sold to local livery stables.

"I could have done some contracting work with my old David Brown 1490 but never did," Mr Kimberley explains. "Having a new tractor has made the difference. I have not owned a new tractor for a long time and I am unlikely to ever again. I want to make the most use out of it I can."

Mr Kimberley is renowned as an old machinery enthusiast and a hoarder. He owned the Hook Norton garage for 28 years and has never parted with the 1963 Austin Gypsy 4×4 he used to run as a breakdown truck.

When the new tractor was delivered in December 94, by Case IH dealer D Wootton, there was no question of which one it would replace. He has kept them all and even now still uses his 1949 DB Cropmaster for drilling Greetwell Farms autumn-sown crops.

Since arriving at the farm the Case tractor has carried out most arable tasks including hauling grain to Bibbys and Faccendas mills at Enstone and Banbury, respectively. This autumn it will also be used to plough with a three-furrow British Demblon rev-ersible and for all cultivation work.

Not happy with the stowage space in the Cases LP cab, Mr Kimberley has already started to customise his prize. He has added a Fordson toolbox and an old Mini door pocket, in which he keeps various operating manuals.

The toolbox siting is particularly ingenious. His preferred fixing point was to the left of the drivers seat but this blocked off one of the blowers two air vents. Rather than look for another site he modified the base of the toolbox, ducting the air underneath so the vent is now at the front of the toolbox and closer to its target.

"In addition to gaining a toolbox the blower is now more effective at keeping feet warm or cool than the standard. If Case want to take the idea up, I wont be applying for a patent."