Mechanical History Show at Rochester, Minnesota

Keith Dicke, winner pre-war class IHC'

Keith Dicke, winner pre-war class IHC.

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The 1991 Mechanical History Show, held July 27-28, at Rochester, Minnesota, was its usual robust self, including our old friend, Mr. Rainstorm. 

The oats were totally ruined, and plowing was minimal. The bright spot was the glorious line of 1HC presented for the the 160 years of IH extravaganza. Rows and rows of shiny red of every description, along with the old gray friends and the sweet running gas engines with their endless list of powered tools humming and crunching on the other end of the belts. The sound and smell of the steam engines, the song of the buzz saw, and the sweat flowing from the threshers made the whole weekend a cornucopia of pleasant nostalgia. The men and women in costume made it so much more enjoyable.

Top honors went to Mr. Loren Bernard (retired IH dealer) or his awesome 650 diesel. Marv Berreth won best engine display, and Harlan Hjemstad had the top IH engine. Bemie Bunne was the best IH exhibitor. The slow races were a tortuous duel between Elfie Johanson (Allis C) and Ron TePoel (8N). They each scored one.

Sunday night, they all collapsed, exhausted, but secretly wishing it had just started.