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First Come - First Served

First Come - First Served
A while back I was disappointed to learn that Ford tractors would soon be called New Hollands. I have some great memories of a Ford Tractor Dealership in Virginia that my grandfather did business with in the early to mid '50's. My grandfather purchased several tractors from that dealer, in one deal he purchased 3 new tractors and gave two of the tractors to his children. When I was about 4 or 5 years old I left my tricycle in the driveway and my grandfather backed over the tricycle and broke the handbars. My grandfather took the tricycle to the Ford Tractor Dealership to get it repaired. My grandfather always took me with him when he went to the dealership. When we arrived, the owner of the dealership greeted us and my grandfather ask me to tell the owner what I want him to do. The owner told me that it could be repaired if we would wait a few minutes. My grandfather had to go into town and left me at the dealership. Short thereafter a man in the shop starting work on my tricycle. He had just started the repairs when a man drove his tractor into the shop area and wanted some repairs made on his tractor. The owner of the tractor was very upset. The mechanic told the tractor owner that he would look at his tractor when he had finished the repairs on my tricycle. If you think the tractor had a problem, it was nothing compared to the owner of the tractor. He really had a short fuse. He said some bad words to the mechanic and ran towards the office looking for the owner of the dealership. After finding the owner, both of them came from the office into the shop. The tractor owner said that he had one question for the dealer. Would he repair a tricycle before he would a tractor? And the dealer gave him an answer. Yes he would said the owner of the dealership. The dealer told the tractor owner that my tricycle was just as valuable to me as his tractor was to him. And futhermore, I was there before he was. And the owner of the dealership told the mechanic not to repair the tractor until the owner of the tractor had apologized to me. This event was something that I will never forget. Some 40 years later, 1995, I purchased my first farm tractor. I had no need of going somewhere else looking for a tractor, but going to that dealership and purchasing my first tractor was a joy I will never forget. I hope that New Holland will continue what Ford started.

Ralph Ayers, from VA, entered 2001-01-25

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