REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word


| September/October 1995



3 HP International engine

30/9/1

Chris Madeley

The first Ageless Iron Expo is now history. Held at Ankeny, Iowa, from July 1 to July 4, the preliminary figures come up with a paid attendance of about 55,000. These folks came to see nearly 1,300 tractors! There were many notable exhibits, including what was probably the largest assemblage of the relatively scarce Co-op tractors ever since the time of production. There were OilPulls, a Peoria, a Minneapolis-built Ford, plus many other rare and one-of-a-kind tractors. Within the various tractor makes were notable and rare models of Deere, IH, Allis-Chalmers, Ford, Massey-Harris, Caterpillar, Case, and many others.

While not a highly publicized part of the show, there was an excellent display of gas engines, along with a wonderful exhibit of model engines, tractors, and farm equipment. The tractors pulls were incredible, with two tracks running simultaneously; this part of the show attracted thousands of spectators.

Perhaps one of the most notable, but unseen parts of the Expo was the spirit of cooperation between the various tractor clubs and other organizations. The Expo depended heavily on volunteer help, and the exhibitors in particular gave of themselves to help make the show a roaring success.

Those who attended gave the Expo a great 'thumbs up' and for those who didn't, it'll be a couple of years before there's a repeat performance. Already we're hearing things like, 'Boy, I sure wish I had brought my tractor,' or 'I'll be at the next one!'

One of the comments heard most often could be summed up as, 'I sure hope some of the people that run 'my show' were here to take notes.' The point to their conversation was that the Expo introduced a lot of new and innovative ideas as to how a show should be run. Most of the people at the cutting edge had never set up a show of this kind before, but came up with their own ideas. From some of the many conversations we had, it's probable that a lot of fresh new ideas will be incorporated into other engine and tractor shows.

Another great plus was that the gathering of all these tractors into one place permitted us to acquire numerous color samples for our continuing list of paint color information. We picked up several color matches using our DuPont Spectra Master book, while the PPG people were on hand doing the same thing; the PPG people even brought their paint color computer. The tractor restoration clinics and the demostration for pouring new babbitt bearings added extra zest as well.