Hundreds gathered at Moneymore, south of Milton last Saturday to remember a mate and snap up a bargain or two.
The estate of the late John Goldsworthy (Goldie to those who knew him well) was offered for sale and more than 600 people turned out for the auction being held on the property of his neighbour, Barry Allison.
Many came along simply to marvel at Mr Goldsworthy’s extensive collection of Massey Ferguson tractors, others came with wallets full of cash because they knew Mr Goldsworthy, a well known aficionado and collector of all things Massey and Ferguson, had amassed such an extensive collection of vintage memorabilia.
And then there those who came along simply to reminisce about their early days of their youth driving Massey Ferguson’s.
Charlie Davis knew Mr Goldsworthy well and recalled his own experiences as a young lad driving Massey Ferguson tractors out on the family farm.
“It was great to come along and see all his collection laid out in one place, you never quite knew just how much Goldie had hidden away on his farm and we probably won’t ever see a collection like this come up for auction ever again,” he said.
Sue Wilkins came along to remember the fun filled days of her first job as a young woman on a farm in Wales where even though she didn’t have a driving licence she was told she had to drive a Massey tractor to earn her keep.
A lifetime of collectables by Mr Goldsworthy saw 31 tractors, including Massey Ferguson TEAs, 135s, 168, some Fordson tractors and a Ferguson TEF 4 Cylinder Diesel plus hundreds of vintage machinery bits and pieces all going under the hammer.
Auctioneer Rob Fowler, of Rural Livestock, said he was amazed at the turnout.
“We had serious buyer interest from Tauranga to Bluff, plus Ireland and Korea for the auction.
“In just over two hours we had a 100 % clearance of all lots.
“Many of the tractors on sale were sold as restoration projects, you don’t often see an auction like this ever coming up as many sales are for fully restored vehicles, but with Mr Goldsworthy’s estate, buyers knew they were getting a project to continue,” he said. The highest price on the day went for a BMC Mini diesel tractor ($4800), the TEF Diesel went for $4500 and a number of other MF tractors going for between $3500 to $3800. Mr Fowler said the majority of the 31 tractors on offer went for between $200 and $500 and all 252 pallet lots of tools, implements and collectables were quickly sold.
“It was great to see how a community came together to help the Goldsworthy family and move all his stuff from their farm next door to Mr Allison’s.
“We were very appreciative of all the work undertaken by the South Otago Heritage Club who catalogued it all up for the sale.”