Local winner of the 2019 JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Program, Tyler Schimke of Paso Robles, advanced to compete in the Delo National Tractor Restoration Program in Indianapolis.
Tyler, a Paso Robles High School student, took first place at the Mid-State Fair for his 1945 Farmall tractor.
Tyler worked to restore the entirety of the tractor including the engine, transmission, ancillary, auxiliary systems and much more. In addition to his mechanical work, Tyler learned to network with multiple agricultural and mechanical professionals.
"We are thrilled for Tyler to be representing the Central Coast on a national stage," said JB Dewar President Ken Dewar. "The countless hours of work he put into reviving his tractor have not gone unnoticed."
A portion of the national competition includes a public vote for favorite video. Community members can cast their votes for Tyler until October 26.
JB Dewar is the premier Central Coast-based provider of fuel and automotive products for the agriculture, farming, trucking, construction, energy, and repair shop industries. This is the company's tenth year of the Tractor Restoration Program.
According to a press release, more than 60 high school-aged students have participated in the program, restoring more than 65 tractors, and earning more than $75,000 in cash rewards. The dollars earned from the competition have gone toward college funds, vocational education and of course, tractor parts.
Organizers say, each competitor puts an average of 350 hours of labor into their restoration projects. The competition is judged on three key components: the restoration, an oral presentation, and a written logbook of their restoration journey.
To vote for Tyler, and watch his video, visit this website.