Buckeye Bluegrass Revue and Gas Engines, Too!


| October/November 2001



Economy Engine

Gary Sandve from St. David, Ariz., brought his 1936 3 HP Economy hooked up to a five gallon country ice cream freezer.

Dale Parker likes old gas engines. He likes bluegrass music too, and that's why this past March he once again hosted the 7th Annual Buckeye Bluegrass Revue at his Eagle Mountain Ranch in Buckeye, Ariz. It doesn't take much to get engine collectors excited about displaying their favorite engines, and with the sounds of The Colorado River Boys, the Hat Band, and others, I swear those one-lungers kept perfect rhythm with the banjo, bass, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar music all weekend long.

Arizona's old engine collectors pretty much go wherever the opportunity arises in order to start up their prized engines, and the Bluegrass Revue was no exception. Fellow collectors from as far away as Washington, Oregon and Montana joined in for two days of fun. And do they make a festival out it. Barbecue beef, coleslaw and beans, Texas sheet cake, and more - they feed you as though you were family, and insist you stay for seconds.

Gary Sandve from St. David, Ariz., brought his 1936 3 HP Economy hooked up to a five gallon country ice cream freezer, as well as his 1928 Maytag washing machine and engine combined.

And George O'Day wouldn't think of going to a show without taking his little Sampson rock crusher, circa 1900. His canine companion, Mitzie, long used to the sounds of the rock being ground and spewed out, sat patiently nearby. George always shows off two or three unfamiliar farm implements with a sign nearby that says, 'Know what these are?'

Buster Brown from Yuma, a hot air motor enthusiast, brought along his Ericsson, originally a wood burner, manufactured by the Rider Engine Company in 1907. The old motor was used on the Wrigley Ranch near Phoenix to pump water. It can pump 500 gallons of water per hour on just four pounds of coal (Buster uses propane) at 85 RPM - very efficient.