Fortuna Redwood Autorama

annual Fortuna Redwood Autorama

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P.O. Box 1000 Fortuna, California 95540.

Sunny July skies and temperatures in the 70s made the 1992 annual Fortuna Redwood Autorama, in Fortuna, California, a huge success. This city-wide event offered something for everyone: crafts, antiques, swap meet, car show, engine gas-up, antique tractor and farm equipment show.

Over 300 custom, classics and antique cars were shown and everyone in town shined up their own car to join in the spirit of the weekend.

Even the gas engine and antique tractor buffs shined up their machinery for the event. About 100 gas engines were on display, lining Main Street in Fortuna. Exhibits came from throughout California and Oregon. Early Day Gas Engine, Branch 9, of Grants Pass, Oregon, and Branch 31 of Santa Rosa, California, participated along with local enthusiasts. The display included a 12 HP International engine, mounted on a truck, a 9 HP Waterloo Boy pumping water, and various other engines pumping water and grinding corn. Murphy Anderson, of Healdsburg, amused the crowd with his miniature fire truck and high-wheeled bicycle, run by a Maytag engine.

About 35 antique tractors and crawlers were displayed also. A variety of models were representedJohn Deere, Case, International, Allis Chalmers and more. Some of the highlights included Andrew Wilson's 1929 John Deere GP running a 3-wired, 1928 John Deere hay press, and Laurence Hindley's 1936 McCormick Deering 10-20 orchard tractor threshing wheat with Scott and Andrew Wilson's 1930 McCormick Deering threshing machine. A newly restored Model A Case combine was being pulled by an also newly restored Case S. You never saw so much orange! Another highlight was the 'almost' restored 1918 International 8-16 acquired from Dick Hamp, of San Jose, that Laurence Hindley is now working on.

Our 1993 show will be held on July 24th and 25th, in Fortuna, at the park, across from the Fortuna Depot Museum, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this summer. 1993 exhibits will include more of the above, but will also include antique tractor pulls and working draft horses. Even better yet, everything is free to the spectators, and the exhibitors.

If you would like information about this show, you may call the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce at (707) 725-3916, or write to: Fortuna Redwood Autorama, P.O. Box 1000, Fortuna, California 95540.