January 26, 2012
Talent, Imagination & Passion.
A winning recipe for any endeavor in life. Last week in Mississippi I met two retired buddies who are high on the talent, imagination and passion scale and have produced some amazing things with their heads, hearts and hands, unique testaments to their devotion to all things John Deere.
Check out the YouTube video above and you’ll be introduced to Raymond Miller of Stantonville, TN. Raymond used to work on oil rigs in South America back in the day. Lately he’s been busy crafting (3) exact replicas of his favorite tractor, his own 1939 John Deere B. Miller’s (3) minature replica JD B’s had tons of folks stopping to look at the farm show last Friday and Saturday.
Miller also is building his own helicopter. Yep, a helicopter, a lightweight aluminum design powered by a Johnson 110 HP outboard motor. Wow.
Positioned right next to Miller in the entryway to the Crossroads Arena show floor was his buddy, Larry Nelms of Corinth, MS. Nelms had (4) of his souped up pulling garden tractors on display, one complete with (2) engines. Nelms and Miller take their pulling garden tractors around to contests all over the southeast U.S. One of Nelms John Deere pulling garden tractors has only tasted defeat once.
I love traveling the country covering farm machinery auctions. Fun to see what everything sells for. But the real fun? It’s meeting folks like Raymond Miller and Larry Nelms, two buddies who aren’t spending their retirement years sitting on the couch watching TV. They are funnelling their love of John Deere equipment into some truly unique and memorable creations that will bring smiles to folks’ faces for years to come.
About Machinery Pete: Greg “Machinery Pete” Peterson has been working in the agricultural industry for 21 years and details agricultural equipment prices and trends at his website, Machinerypete.com. Greg also writes columns for Successful Farming magazine, Implement & Tractor magazine, Agriculture.com web site and also appears on the Machinery Show on RFD-TV.