Chevron Announces Finalists for the 2019 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition

Teen Tractor Restoration Experts to Compete for National Title in October

​Chevron Products Company, a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division, maker of the Delo® brand of technologically advanced engine oils, lubricants and coolants, has announced the finalists for its 2019 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. The event brings the country’s top teen tractor restoration specialists to Indianapolis, Indiana – during the 91st National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Convention – to compete in the only national competition of its kind. 

Since 1995 the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition has rewarded the determination, mechanical skills and business savvy of high school-aged tractor restoration experts from around the country. Through the restoration of an antique tractor, participants develop skills applicable to the modern business world. The skills needed for success in the program – equipment maintenance, teamwork, project management, budgeting, planning, and marketing – help develop the participants into future leaders in the agriculture community.

“What we love about the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition is its ability to inspire kids to do things they may never have done or even thought possible,” said Dan Holdmeyer, Industrial Sector Manager, Chevron Products Company. “The determination, ingenuity, and spirit displayed by this year's finalists are inspiring. The program encourages participants to interact with their teachers, advisors, family, friends, and community. Participants demonstrate mechanical proficiency, commitment, determination, and teamwork, traits that will help them as they move from school to career. Being involved with a program that inspires kids to ask questions, interact, learn and, in the end, accomplish the incredible is something Chevron and its Delo brand are very proud of.”

All entrants to the Delo Tractor Restoration Competition are required to submit a workbook detailing the entire tractor restoration process, from mechanical overhauls of the engine, transmission and auxiliary and ancillary systems, to the external appearance of the tractors. Judges review these workbooks and entrant videos to select competition finalists. 

Over a two-day period, the 12 finalists present their projects to a panel of four professional tractor restorers. Each project is then graded on the restoration process, safety precautions, results, documentation, oral presentation, and responses to the judge’s questions.

At an awards banquet to be held on Oct. 31, 2019, winners will be announced. Updates from the banquet will be shared online via social media in real-time. The Grand Champion will be awarded $10,000, the Reserve Champion receives $5,000, and third place takes home $3,000.

The finalists for the 2019 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition are:

●      Ben Anderson, Spring Valley, WI: 1947 Allis Chalmers C

●      Cody Tschirhart, Medina Valley High School FFA, Castroville, TX: 1971 Case 970 Black Knight Demonstrator

●      Devin Haywood, Hastings, MI: 1970 Farmall 826 Diesel Demonstrator

●      Dubiski Career High School, Grand Prairie, TX: 1941 Ford 9N

●      Eufaula High School FFA, Eufaula, AL: 1953 Ferguson TO30

●      Four Rivers Career Center Nigh Shift, Washington, MO: 1941 Farmall H

●      Matthew Machicek, Rogers FFA, Rogers, TX: 1962 Oliver 1800 MFWD

●      Ricky Schilling, Fayetteville, TX: 1972 International Harvester 1466 Diesel

●      Riley Billings, Floresville, TX: 1969 Case 530

●      Ryder Lestrud, Kensett, IA: 1972 John Deere 4020 High Crop

●      Ryder Merta, El Campo FFA, El Campo, TX: 1973 Oliver 1365

●      Tyler Schimke, Paso Robles FFA, Paso Robles, CA: 1945 Farmall A

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Chevron’s Delo Product Family:

Chevron’s Delo product family includes engine oils, premium lubricants and extended life coolants that provide premium performance and bottom-line value for diesel-powered vehicles. 

All Delo products are covered under the Delo Warranty Plus program, which provides bumper-to-bumper protection against lubricant and coolant related failures as described in the Delo Warranty.

More information on Delo products can be found at:  

About Chevron Products Company 

Chevron Products Company is a division of an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of the Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) headquartered in San Ramon, CA.

A full line of lubrication and coolant products are marketed through this organization. Select brands include Havoline®, Delo® and Havoline Xpress Lube®. Chevron Intellectual Property, LLC owns patented technology in advanced lubricants products, new generation base oil technology and coolants.

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Source: Chevron


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