Word of Mouth

Everyone has something to say about the Delo® Tractor Restoration Competition. Judges rave about the contestants. Business people are impressed by their mechanical aptitude and determination. Past winners talk of dreams coming true. How will you add to the conversation?

  • “The Delo TRC program has made a tremendous impact on our family and has combined our sons’ love for antique tractors and their drive to tackle challenging projects. This program works hand-in-hand with the FFA to teach students technical skills and broaden their horizons. It has also taught and reinforced to our boys’ dedication, time management, safety for not only the project but in the everyday things we do on the farm. No other program is available to our students that starts at the high school level and is as comprehensive and technical as the DELO TRC competition that motivates students to completely disassemble and rebuild an entire tractor. This program has taught everything from problem solving skills on how to rebuild obsolete parts to presentation skills at the national level which will have a lasting impact in whatever field they choose in the future.”
    Luke Haywood
    Hastings MI
  • “As the 2014 Delo Tractor Restoration Grand Champion, I have had some unforgettable experiences. I have been able to do newspaper and magazine interviews. I have had articles published in multiple magazines including Heritage Iron and have been on the front cover of Fastline.

    Besides the multiple interviews, I have been able to travel with Chevron Delo to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. This was a wonderful experience. Everyone from Chevron Delo has been absolutely great and so nice to me and my parents. They have made me feel like a part of the Chevron Delo family. Since the only time that I had really gotten to talk about my 1962 Schafer tractor was to the judges during the TRC, I really enjoyed being able to tell lots of people at the farm show about my tractor. It was great. I just recently traveled to Austin, TX for a grand opening for Arnold Oil where Steve Baker from Chevron Delo had the Delo truck. I had a great day with him at this event and was happy to be a part of it. I now look forward to traveling to Decatur, Illinois and to Louisville, Kentucky to the National FFA Convention with my tractor and Chevron Delo. Thank you Chevron Delo for sponsoring the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. It is awesome.”
    Cody Garrett
    2014 Grand Champion
  • “The experience you take from the Delo TRC is greater than the work you put in your restoration ‘x2.’ This competition has opened many doors for me that I have yet to travel through. It is very amazing all the people I have come in contact with since winning the competition. I have had complete strangers contact my school and ask if the school would forward emails and cards to me to commend me on a job well done. Even the governor’s office sent me an email and an invitation to meet him this summer at the state capital.”
    Riley Hanson
    2013 Grand Champion
  • “Winning the 2010 Chevron Delo TRC was one of the best days of my life… the competition validated 3 years of hard work and dedication to my tractor projects… being able to travel and talk about and display my tractor across the United States, there’s nothing like it! I thank Chevron Delo for giving me the opportunity to display my project at places I never could have done on my own. The business opportunities I’ve received are a direct result of winning the competition and meeting people while travelling with Chevron Delo. I am and will always be an advocate for the competition…Thank you Chevron Delo for making a difference in my life!”
    Will Chappell
    2010 Grand Champion team
  • “What a year 2011 was for the Chappell family!
    Our son, Will, along with teammates Cody and Tyrell won the 2010 Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition…(and) in 2009, Will and Cody won Reserve Champion. What an experience we had! The opportunities and experiences the boys had while greeting, promoting and showing off their tractor through Chevron Delo are still being realized. Everyone wants their children to succeed in life, to actually witness your child being held in high esteem and being praised for their accomplishments is beyond words. Thank you Chevron Delo for a year of excitement, pride and memories.”
    Debbie & Morgan Chappell
    Parents of Will Chappell, 2010 Grand Champion
  • “Antique tractors have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but never did I anticipate those old rusted-out workhorses to have as much impact on my life as they have. While some people may say that I grew up restoring tractors, the truth is that I grew up while restoring. During the three years I competed in the Delo Tractor Restoration Contest, I learned countless life lessons that have matured me into the person I am today.”
    Tabetha Salsbury Hammer
    2003 and 2004 Grand Champion

Did you know?

Last year’s online video vote contest generated 70,000 votes as folks voted for their favorite tractor restoration.

More History

Winner’s Circle

See who’s taken home the prizes over the last few years.

Before & After Photos

You’re really not going to believe the job these teams have done in making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.