HERMISTON, Ore. — In the early 1980s, Tony Amstad bought a John Deere Model R diesel tractor, and his collection only grew from there.
“That was always kind of my favorite tractor,” Amstad said. “After I bought that one, I got the disease.”
Amstad has collected more than 100 John Deere and Caterpillar tractors — most of which he personally restored with the help of his nephew, Todd.
With his wife, DeAnn, Tony Amstad owns a 2,400-acre farm in Umatilla County, where they grow potatoes.
For the past two years, Amstad has been toying with the idea of parting with his tractors and "trying to get the courage to do it.”
On Aug. 21, the Amstads will auction their collection and a handful of classic automobiles.
The collection will also be available for online preview on Aug. 20. More information can be found about registration at www.bookerauction.com.
Pete this a good excuse for you to come to Oregon . I hope to meet you there. Ralph