Westminster Mall Show

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Neil and Phoebe Reese sitting proudly on their 1937 John Deere Model G.
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Arnold Hollingsworth's Farmall Industrial 66 fronts his 1952 Oliver.
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Mil Harr’s pair of 1952 Model Gs and Walt Staack’s 1945
styled Model D John Deere lineup for view at Westminster Mall.

They had to get in there somehow – Gary Boelter runs his 1939
Farmall F20 into the mall while Ken Clement hitches a ride.

A 1919 Fairbanks-Morse ZC fronts a line of machinery restored by
John and Denise Holtz and Richard Nielsen.

Ed Gannon’s Model U Allis-Chalmers (nicknamed Buford), and
Ken Clements antique, horse-drawn road grader.

The engine club that I belong to, Front Range Antique Power
Association, a 287-strong association with members in seven states,
recently held an engine and tractor show inside the Westminster
Mall in Westminster, Co.

The show, which ran March 15-18 this year, was a success, and it
also gave us the chance to cleanup our equipment and get it ready
for the show season. We had a great turnout, with around 25 members
showing about 30 tractors, 20 engines and a few other pieces of
farm and construction equipment. We also had the opportunity to
meet a lot of people who would never have known what this hobby is
all about if they hadn’t seen our show.

Denise even displayed her first two pieces, a 1916 Briggs &
Stratton WMB and a 1940 Maytag Model 82. The Briggs is hooked up to
an old grinding mandrel and was a good conversation piece. The
Maytag, which is painted purple, was a great way to show some of
the women in the mall that this hobby can be fun for all -you can
imagine some of the comments we got on that one. 1 brought a 1942
John Deere 1- HP Type E and a 1919 Fairbanks-Morse ZC. We also had
an old post drill that my wife has fallen in love with – she likes
to show how it works any chance she gets.

The machinery was setup in various locations throughout the
center of the mall, with the larger tractors taking center

I posted this show on Harry’s Old Engines
(www.enginads.com) as an idea for other clubs. Boy, did I open a
can of worms with that one. For the most part, people said it
sounded like a good idea for an early show, one that would help get
things rolling when the weather was bad. I did have one rather
adamant reply that anyone can see an engine just sitting there in a
garage, and that he would rather stay home and run one than go to
this type of show.

In some ways I agree, but this type of show can really help out
our hobby and will probably bring in a few members and some hidden
treasures. In fact, I think we ended up gaining three to four new
members as a direct result of the show. I was also told of a number
of these ‘old rusty things’ sitting in fields and will be
checking on that soon.

I hope everyone has a great show season and a little luck
finding treasures. If you want to see more pictures of the show or
contact the Front Range Antique Power Association, you can check
out our website at: www.hometown.aol.com/frontrange2000.

Contact the Holtzs at 10945 Grange Creek Drive, Thornton, CO
80233, or email: TAZNDNKIDS@aol.com

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