Rachael and I are on tour up in Canada this month, and between riding, eating and maintaining our tour journal I haven’t freed up much time for keeping up on Cycle365. We’re in beautiful Jasper today, not enjoying its famous scenery because it’s overcast and raining. On the upside, I have some free time to chip in a submission for the July challenge.
The Cockshutt 30. Sounds like a prison breakout gang or a squad of war heroes, doesn’t it? But no, it’s an iconic Canadian tractor – the first modern tractor designed and manufactured in Canada. I was happy to be able to identify it. The only useful marking I found was the number 30 and it’s surrounding logo. It’s always surprising what you can sleuth out on an internet search.
Plans were underway for it before the Second World War put them on hold, so the first tractors were not produced until 1946. The model was discontinued in 1957, so any you find lying around in the field are at least 60 years old. I was born in 1946, so this guy could be about my age.
We found this on our ride to Mount Robson, where we also saw a rare wigwam burner still in use, as well of course a quite impressive mountain – the most prominent in the North American Rockies. You could check them out here. As a bonus, you can see the famous Cockshutt 30 postage stamp.