2nd Annual Show Report W. N. Y. G. & S. E. A. Inc.

| July/August 1969

22 - 44 Minneapolis

Courtesy of Richard M. Spink, 410 Bird Ave., Buffalo, New York 14213

Richard M. Spink

410 Bird Ave. Buffalo, New York 14213

For the second year in a row, we were blessed with the most beautiful weather possible, sunny and warm just ideal show weather. The evenings were a little cool but not too bad.

Immediately before show time, I believe that we were the most fouled up group of people that anyone ever saw. Everything seemed to smooth out once people began to come in the gate.

We had a good variety of equipment: five steam traction engines, A Frick Con tractors Special, two A. D. Bakers, one Advance Rumley, one home-made steamer (sorry I cannot recall the name), 45 gas and oil tractors. These included a 40-80 Minneapolis (brought down from Canada by the owner, Sherwood Hume), and a 30 - 60 Aultman Taylor (owned by George Knab of Spencerport, N.Y.). I mentioned these two tractors because we had a belting up contest between them. You people that are familiar with the size of tractors know that they are big. Sherwood hooked onto a little New Racine Separator while George took a conventional sized Case Separator in tow. As these two outfits approached the arena where the contest was to be held, it didn't look as if there was anything behind Sherwood's Minneapolis. The Judges gave the signal and the race was on. Sherwood and his Separator man had rigged a wire to pull the drawbar pin. As this pin was pulled, the Separator man stepped down onto the top of the little New Racine Thresher and had his stacker raised and turned before the Minneapolis had even started to turn around. It was something to watch, these two big rigs move around. The operators did a beautiful job of handling them. The Minnea polis team was the winner. But it makes one wonder who the winners would have been if the separators were switched.

We had several odd and rare tractors on display, but one tractor that wasn't odd or rare drew as much attention as any other item on the grounds. This tractor was a 10 - 20 McCormick Deering owned by the Clancy family of South Buffalo. They didn't have time to restore this tractor before show time, so they moved it onto the grounds and proceeded to restore it during the show; complete, even to a paint job. I could write a lot more about our tractor display but we had a lot of other things we want to tell you about.

10-20 Titan owned by Rich Wise of R. D. 2, South Dayton, New York. Photo by Joe Graves.