1989 Kempton Show

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The Antique Engine, Tractor & Toy Club, Inc.

Box 385, RD#1, Pine Street, Slatington, Pennsylvania 18080

The Kempton Show put on by our club June 3 and 4 was the largest in numbers of exhibitors and public attendance. There were 135 engines, 75 tractors (both farm and garden) and 6 toy exhibits. New this year were a children's pedal pull, slowest running engine contest, tractor teeter-totter, tractor dynamometer pull and, of course, the 'slowest' tractor race. We had hoped to have a blind-folded driving contest and an adult pedal pull, but for various reasons those two events did not take place. This year, an additional $500 was spent on newspaper advertising, and the results were evident with the largest number of receipts at the parking gate. With the increased expenditures for advertising, pedal pull, fire company standby, etc., the net profit was lower, but with the relatively sound financial footing we are now on, a break-even point and enjoyment of our hobby at our own show can now be our ultimate goals.

The Worthington Club donated the steel plates used as a sled to park a tractor on to act as ballast for the dynamometer pull. Also thanks to Irvin and Arlan Seidel for making that pull sled and teeter-totter and their efforts to bring them to Kempton and load them back up for the trip home. Also it was discovered that several of our members have personal tachometers which were used in the slowest running engine contest, and in addition member Fred Schleicher donated one to our club.

Member Howard Geisinger paid the cost of rental of the amplification system as a donation.

Some of the names of winners in a few contests are as follows: long distance award for tractors was given to Roy Newmann from Rockfall, Connecticut, 235 miles, one way. John Smith with his engines from Hazlet, New Jersey, 167 miles, one way. Long distance award went to Al Diciero, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, for his toy display. Congratulations to these people for their interest and registering for these long distance awards.

Franklin Pfeifly won the slow race with his Sears Economy tractor with a Model A Ford engine as a power unit. This is quite a rare tractor to have survived, as surely it was not produced in too great a quantity. It sure moves slowly, and surprisingly uses a three-speed Model A Ford car transmission. Imagine how really slow it would travel if there were a four-speed Ford AA truck transmission in the drive train.

If you want to try tuning your engine for next year's show, try these numbers for a reference: up to 1? HP the slow runners were H. Hockman with a ? HP Aermotor with 154 rpm, and Bill and Bob Phillips with their 1? HP Foos Jr. with 178 rpm. In the 1? to 2? HP class, Ron Leid had 198 rpm and Nevin Kemmerling 214 rpm, both with 2 HP New Hollands. In the 3 to 5 HP class, Roger Wen-hold had 118 rpm with his Fairbanks Morse and Dave Waliky had 136 rpm with his 5 HP New Holland. In the 5? to 8 HP class, Bill and Bob Phillips had 156 rpm with their 6 HP Novo. No entries in the 8? to 10 HP class, but in the over 10 HP class, Paul Schmidt had 128 rpm with his 20 HP Olin. Good tuning, fellows.

On the teeter-totter, the winners were hard to come by, but the children on pedal tractors and garden tractors did very well. Dave Semmel's 9-year-old grandson, Scott Semmel, took Mel Riehl's miniature crawler on the teeter-totter and could level it without going over center on the first crawl up the incline. It looks easy, but trying to balance a big farm tractor with liquid ballast sloshing in those rear tires doesn't help matters along. Keep trying fellows and better luck next year.

There was really no contest conducted with the pulling sled and dynamometer, but perhaps next year there can be some results on this new venture. The pedal tractor pull was a success and it undoubtedly will become a permanent part of our show. Incidentally, speaking of the next show, it is not too early to start thinking about the 1990 show on June 2 and 3 at Kempton, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the 1989 show successful.