What You Need to Enter the 2018 Competition

Transforming a pile of rusty parts into an award-winning, restored tractor is a big challenge. Fortunately, entering your restoration project into the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition is easy and fun.

Step 1: Download an instruction book and workbook template

Your workbook is your chance to share the story of your unique project. Tell us how you brought the engine back to life, fixed the transmission, decided how to restore the exterior, etc… The instruction book also provides information on the competition and guides you through considerations in the restoration process.

Step 2: Complete and Submit a Project Workbook

When your workbook is complete and ready for the judges send it to: info@delotrc.com

All entries will receive a confirmation receipt.

Step 3: Submit a Video

Now that your tractor is fully restored, it’s time to make it a star! While the workbook provides a detailed account of your project, the video (2-3 minutes) submission is your chance to give the judges a behind-the-scenes glimpse into your experience during the restoration and let them see and hear your tractor roar back to life.

If you’re interested you can check out the information on how to prepare the video as well as samples of past submissions.

Your video must be submitted by the competition deadline.

Step 4: Submit a photo

One more thing, don’t forget to enter 5 beauty shots of your tractor. Put it in a field, in front of your school, sit in the seat or take the pictures of the tractor by itself.

More details on this contest can be found here.


A panel of expert judges will narrow the initial round of entries to a group of 12 finalists. Judging will be based on the quality of the restoration effort, documentation, safety precautions and the oral presentation (finalists only). All selected finalists will be invited to the National Finals Competition, held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention. Finalists will make an oral presentation of their project to a panel of four tractor restoration specialists.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on Thursday night.


The prizes for the 2018 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition are:

You Can Do It!

2018 Delo TRC

Line up your tractor and mark your calendar for these dates:

  • Competition opens: April 2018*
  • Competition deadline: August 20, 2018 for all workbooks, videos, photos
  • Finalists will be notified in September
  • Finalist presentations will take place during the 2018 FFA in Indianapolis, IN

*Refer to official instruction book for more details. The instruction book will be available for download on this site when the competition opens in April.

Get A Clue

Learn about what you’ll need to do to provide a video document of your project. There are some examples too.

Find more information about the newest element of our Tractor Restoration Competition.