Check in with the Australian tractor trekkers midway through their trip across America
Participants in the trek across America (from left): George and Anne Bass, Ron and Kerry Bywaters, Jeff Fordham, Jeff Smith, Wendy Fordham, Hugh “Cumber” Campbell, Barbara and Dick Garnett, Allan and Carolyn Faulkner, Peter Barr and Neville Thompson. The caravan consists of five Chamberlain tractors (each pulling a camper) and two RVs.
The trekkers’ revised route.
Proud of their heritage and their Australian-built tractors, the trekkers fly the Australian flag on their Chamberlains.
A Chamberlain owned by trekkers Dick and Barbara Garnett on parade at the I&I show, Penfield, Ill. The drivers have been surprised by the fact that most American drivers actually use traffic signals (“unlike at home!” Ron says) and allow other drivers to cut into lanes when they need to.
Aussie Too (owned by George and Anne Bass, Dongara, Western Australia) on display at the I&I show. “We’ve been surprised by the passion of the clubs putting on shows,” Ron says. “It’s quite impressive.”
Chamberlains on display at the “Dances With Wolves” film set, Rapid City, S.D.