21st Annual Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Meet at Pepperell, Massachusetts


| February/March 1996

  • Various models of IH tractors
    Various models and years of IH tractors are represented here, including from right to left: 2 IH Cubs, a WK40, OS6 and 10-20.
  • John Deere tractors
    John Deere tractors came in many shapes and sizes, as seen in this photo. Foreground, a 1947.
  • 1955 IH model
    This beautifully restored 1955 IH model 300 owned by Kim Spaulding was on display at the crankup.
  • International Harvester Cub tractor
    Gary Munsey Jr., grandson of Don Munsey, on Don's 1949 International Harvester Cub tractor.

  • Various models of IH tractors
  • John Deere tractors
  • 1955 IH model
  • International Harvester Cub tractor

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!