The purchase of some lawn mower parts won a one-of-a-kind tractor for a North Carolinian. Harold Beaver's name was pluck out of thousands of entries to vie to see who would receive a customized Model 4020.
That customization was done by Chip Foose, an internationally recognized automotive designer best known for his work on custom car hot rods. The Huntington Beach, Californian’s unique style has earned him numerous industry awards.
Beaver flew from his hometown of Hiddenite, North Carolina, to Waterloo, Iowa, and to the site of John Deere’s “large” tractor manufacturing facility to receive his prize. He had entered John Deere promotion in the spring when he saw that promotion at his local John Deere dealer, Jones River Equipment.
Barry Nelson, manager of media relations for John Deere, says the 4020 and Chip Foose were the ideal combination for this unique promotion.
"Introduced in 1963, the 6-cylinder John Deere 4020 was touted as the new generation of power," explains Nelson. "With more than 170,000 tractors manufactured until 1972, the 4020 was one of the most popular, widely used and versatile tractor models ever built by John Deere, and the obvious choice for Chip Foose to customize for this promotion."