THE HOOSIER FLY WHEELERS Gas Engine and Tractor Club Show

HP Fairbanks Engine

Large engines in back: 15 Famous, 25 Famous, 40 HP Fairbanks N. 5 Different Ottos in front.

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9056 Riverside Dr., Brighton, Michigan 48116

On June 27th to the 30th, 1991, the Hoosier Flywheelers held their first annual show. Hosted by renowned engine collectors Kenny and Wendy Wolf, with the help of family and friends, it turned out to be a smashing success.

Exhibitors were present from 14 states, bringing with them 140 of the finest engine displays I've ever seen. Many rare and beautiful engines came from all over the country. An 8 HP George Pohl and a vertical Stover were in attendance. A trailer load of fine looking Domestic side shafts along with a load of many different styles of Witte engines were there. A Dairy Maid air cooled and Lawson side shafts were present as were the New Hollands. A 21/2 HP Moore Sure-Cool showed up, as did a rare Canadian Magnet engine and many, many more. These exhibitors dragged out and dusted off the cream of their collections for this show, and their efforts were greatly appreciated by all who saw them.

Kenny had two buildings erected for the occasion, alongside his large engine display building.

The blacksmith shop with line shafting, grinders, saws, and trip hammer were put to work by Rick Willoughby who demonstrated the skills of the blacksmith's art.

A large open sided building housed several examples of early engines: an 1895 George White portable steam engine and an 1885 Stillwater portable were on display. And the 10 HP Westinghouse vertical gas engine ran like a dream.

Because this was a first time show, Kenny didn't want folks to be disappointed, so he moved in about 75 of his most prized engines, (including five different styles of Ottos), set up, and was ready to run. We never got to run them all, but still put on an excellent display.

At one time the 40 HP Fairbanks type N, 40 HP Heer 2-cylinder opposed, 15 HP Famous, 32 HP Olin and the 22 HP Gould-Shapley and Muir engine all were running at the same time in the same building! Wow!!! Meanwhile in an adjacent building, the 16 HP Domestic, 10 HP Westinghouse, 14 HP Jacobsen, 10 HP Stickney, and the 12 HP Sattley all ran at the same time!

Our tractor display was excellent for a first time show, with a Rumely 15-30 type F and among many others, Jerry Eaton of Tecumseh, Michigan on his WF Allis Chalmers.

On Saturday afternoon the Indiana Garden Tractor Pullers Association entertained. These fellows put on a heck of a show, pulling a large weight transfer sled for distance. Geez! I've never seen lawn mowers like that before, a fantastic show! Saturday evening we had a pot luck dinner for all exhibitors; everyone brought a salad or something to pass. The Wolfs furnished the main course fried chicken What a feed!!!

We'd like to express our gratitude to everyone for coming and helping. This was a huge undertaking, and your help made it the success it was.

Next year's show will be even bigger so plan on attending-all exhibitors-welcome! Remember the last weekend of June! By the way, we're still looking for Consuelo!