Sr. P.O. Box 801 Pepperell, Massachusetts 01463-0801
On July 9, 1995, the 'Crankup' hosted the first annual IH tractor and equipment meet of the International Harvester Collectors Club, New England Chapter #18. It was the largest Crankup in Pepperell to date, thanks to the great preparation by Kim Spaulding, Jim Dunn and others. A fine presentation of the International Harvester family of farm equipment and power units were proudly displayed by IH collectors. Other popular names of farm equipment represented were: John Deere, Case, Allis Chalmers, Minneapolis-Moline and others including a very rare Brockway tractor. There were numerous 'one lunger engines,' chainsaws, outboard motors, antique trucks and cars. Vendors were selling old and new operating manuals for antique tractors, Maytag washers and motors, T-shirts and collectible toy tractors and trucks. Exhibitors came from all of the New England states, including rather obscure places like Chebeague Island, Maine.
Pepperell's Crankup, which uses the town field in Pepperell, was first held July of 1975, in conjunction with the town of Pepperell's Bicentennial Celebration. The Crankup was originally organized by Kim Spaulding and Jim Dunn, the same two fellows who have planned the annual event since 1975. This year's event took place on a very nice, partly-sunny day, with comfortable temperatures for this time of year. The Pepperell Fire Department provided refreshments and supplied a fire truck for those exhibitors who needed water. The majority of displays were various farm tractors and machinery. Representing IH were 41 pieces of equipment; John Deere, 19 tractors; Allis Chalmers, three tractors; and Minneapolis-Moline, two tractors.
The Pepperell Crankup is normally held every year on the second Sunday of July. 'Crankup 1996' is already in the planning stages. Hope to see you there!