Fortuna Redwood Autorama

Antique tractor pulls

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The Farm Shop 650 Herbert St. P.O. Box 728 Ferndale, California 95536

If you missed 1993's Fortuna Redwood Autorama, you definitely do not want to miss it in 1994.

Held at Rohner Park, in Fortuna, California, the Autorama offers a wide variety of activities and events throughout the weekend: crafts, antiques, swap meet, car show, car cruising, engine gas-up, antique tractor and farm equipment show, working draft horses and mules, and antique tractor pulls.

Over 600 custom, classic and antique cars lined the streets of Fortuna for the admiration of car lovers. Craft and antique shows gave the ladies something to do and treasures to find. And then there were the tractor and engine fans they were in abundance in the park, with exhibitors coming from all over California and Oregon. Several branches of the EDGE&TA were represented. Among the displays were a 12 HP International engine mounted on a truck, a 9 HP Waterloo Boy pumping water, and various other engines pumping water, grinding corn, or just doing nothing at all but making that popping noise that seems to be enjoyed by so many people. Murphy Anderson, of Healdsburg, California, comes every year to delight the crowds with his miniature fire truck and high-wheeled bicycle, run by a Maytag engine. Otto Ray, from McKinleysville, was also a hit with his flock of birds made of shovels.

A variety of antique tractors and crawlers, 48 in all, were displayed. These included models of Allis Chalmers, International, Case, John Deere and more. Some of the highlights include Andrew Wilson's 1929 John Deere GP running a three-wire 1928 John Deere hay press, and Laurence Hindley's 1936 McCormick Deering 10-20 orchard tractor thrashing wheat with Scott and Andrew Wilson's 1930 McCormick Deering threshing machine. Laurence Hindley also brought his John Deere two-wire hay press, which was run by a John Deere AR owned by Joe Renner, of Loleta.

Antique tractor pulls were a new event in the 1993 Autorama and provided fun for all, spectators and proud tractor owners alike. Most cannot wait until this year to beef-up their tractors and try again. The 1994 pull will also offer pedal tractor pulls for children. A little sled, just like the big boys, is in the process of being built for the little farmers and tractor lovers.

July 23 and 24 are the dates for the 1994 show. Food, fun and sun are available in abundance. One of the most popular events that weekend is the weather. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right for a wonderful time. The show is free to exhibitors and spectators. Free transportation is provided to all events, which are throughout the city. If you would like more 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.