When I was 5, my family and I went to a tractor pull to watch a family friend. There was one kid in the pull, and right then my Dad lent down and said he was going to get me a tractor. Later that night, he found a 1966 Simplicity 717, my Dad bought it for $100; the tractor ran, and the guy had used it to cut the grass. It was refurbished and despite what anybody told me, I wanted it to be blue! I also wanted it to have "farm tractor" tires on it all around. Right after it was put together, I went for a drive and I scratched the right side of the mower deck up on a rock wall... there is a sticker over it now.
Over the next few years, it got ATV tires on the back and I used it in my first tractor pulls. I used it in a few pulls but after going through two transaxles and an engine, it was retired to yard work. I mostly used it to pull a yard trailer and lawn sweeper; although, it would occasionally mow the lawn when my Dad's craftsman was down.