1713 E. Walnut, Enid, Oklahoma 73701-3637
Oh what a beautiful day it was, October 5, 1996. We had our 13th annual show at the Garfield County Fairgrounds under a clear sky and the sun shining bright. We are wondering how long this long string of good weather shows is going to last because it seems there is something about the first Saturday of October having beautiful weather. Now watch; next year will be a wet and cold, dreary day because I wrote this.
This year we had a great showing of exhibitors from the local area and from far away. All totaled there were 30 farm tractors, 113 small engines of many different makes, 15 cars, eight Cushman scooters, one 1909 Cretors popcorn machine brought by Dallas and Carol Morris of Enid, Oklahoma, and six trucks. Among the large engines was a Fairbanks-Morse of 5-7 HP with a date of manufacture of 1900 as near as can be determined. This engine was brought by Ryan Koehn from Ringwood, Oklahoma. Ryan restored this engine for the Major County Historical Society and took the time to show it off at this show. A first time tractor exhibitor was Keith Winchester from Douglas, Oklahoma, with his recent find of a 1946 Oliver 70 Standard tractor. A one of a kind for around this part of the country, it is believed. A good share of the cars were from the Model T club who normally exhibit along with us every year. We appreciate this participation from the Model T Club.
One of the areas of popularity seen at the shows of recent years is the ever growing sight of homemade vehicles of smaller scale, primarily tractors. Just like the many manufacturers of farm tractors of the early part of the century, there are many ideas when it comes to building small tractors from whatever parts can be acquired for the job. At this show we had a good example of the many varied ideas some people have. Some are the result of a lot of thought and careful design and others are simple machines with just an engine replaced. Whatever the thought that is being put into these tractors, they are all interesting. Some will be described here.
Norman Wood of Norman, Oklahoma, has a very unusual tractor under construction. His tractor will have a gas turbine engine from an aircraft APU (auxiliary power unit) unit for power. His next big problem is linking the output of the turbine engine to the drive axle. Hydraulics may be the answer here. Should be one pulling tractor.
Lloyd Williamson of Luther, Oklahoma, made his tractor from an old tractor frame he found in a junk yard. The tractor did not have any wheels but had a mower deck which he didn't need. The engine is a 1936 Fairbanks-Morse Model Z Style C. It took Lloyd two years to get all the parts required for the restoration of the engine. The magneto was locked up breaking the large gear inside the crankcase.
Gary Phipps of Enid, Oklahoma, has an interesting little tractor with a Maytag 92 engine. This tractor was built by 'Smokey' Bowles. Smokey passed on a few years ago and Gary rescued the little tractor at his estate auction last spring. Thusly, the little tractor stayed among the Enid area exhibitors. Thank you, Gary! This tractor was built after the Rumely design with the exhaust into an enclosure at the front and I think I saw it blow smoke rings. It has a lawn mower three speed transmission and a small seat for a small child to ride.
James Vorder land where from Kingfisher, Oklahoma, is a young fellow coming up into the world of antique farm equipment. James has built a little row crop style tractor painted up with J. I. Case colors because he is into Case equipment to some extent. This tractor has a Briggs 6k Stratton Model 5S engine and a lawn mower transmission. The frame is fabricated from structural steel with fenders being made of material from 55 gallon barrels.
Dennis Myers of Enid, Oklahoma, was a newcomer to our show this year with his Volkswagen tractor. This tractor is a well built piece of machinery using a 1600cc Volkswagen engine. The transmission is geared down by using a chain and sprocket gear reduction and it is, equipped with a category O three-point lift. He has spent a lot of time working on this tractor and has some to go on it to get all the bugs out.
We had an unscheduled attraction during the afternoon hours of the show. By coincidence, a garden tractor pull was set up with the fairgrounds for the same day as our show. This tractor pull drew a few more people and our show stayed a little longer than usual this year. This event was right next to ours and some thought it was our show that set this up. Worked out great.
We had our usual bean dinner served primarily by the female members of the group. This is a hit of the show. They can sure cook up a good pot of beans or should I say several pots made by different cooks.
Our 'King of Old Iron' award this year went to R. D. Corley. R. D. has been an active sponsor of Enid Antique Power since its inception. He has been involved in antique equipment to some extent for the past 20 or more years. The wife of the exhibitor or promoter is recognized too. In this case, Esther Corley has worked with R. D. all along with his contribution to the old iron hobby. The wives of the old iron men are recognized for either their active participation which many door the fact that the wife allows the husband to spend so much time and money on such a hobby. Either way, the wife is commended for her understanding. There are also a few cases where the wife is more active than the husband.
In the afternoon we had a meeting of the members that hadn't already left; headed up by Harold Cooper. A drawing of the registered exhibitors was held for several prizes collected from area retailers.
The sponsors of the show extend a hearty appreciation for all who attended the show, and look forward to your return next year. The 1997 show will be held October 4, see you all then!