Arizona Club Changes Name


| June/July 1987

80 HP Fairbanks-Morse Type R

Don Robertson starting the 1908 80 HP Fairbanks-Morse Type R during the 1986 show at the Gold King Mine, Jerome, Arizona.

O. B. Maloy

Box 125 Jerome, Arizona 86331

The Verde Valley Old Engine Club held its 4th annual show at the Ghost Town Campground adjacent to the Gold King Mine Museum, Jerome, Arizona. So many exhibiting members came from so many western states, it was obvious our club name was both too long and too constrictive. After a short discussion, the new name 'Arizona Flywheelers' was decided upon. It covers both a much broader geographic area as well as any machine with a flywheel or pulley.

Visitors to the show were treated to a variety of gas engine powered machines such as grain mills, water pumps, sawmill, rock crushers, and buzz saw.

James Blair from Tuscon dazzled everyone with his beautifuly restored big old Rider-Erickson hot air engine. Also from the Tuscon area came Charles Van Meter with an eye-opening exhibit of alternative energy encompassing both wind and solar power in practical application.

Also present were the 'Three Musketeers' from Prescott, Arizona- Pat, Kieth, and Rich. They always show up with a nice exhibit of engines but more important is their knowledge, ability, and willingness to roll up their sleeves and help everyone with problems small or large.

Ralph Warnock surprised everyone with a trailer load of fine engines towed all the way from Santee, California. Joe Beatty, from Sandy Valley, Nevada, always arrives a day or two early with one of his collection of rare engines. Joe is the one person every show shouldn't be without. He is the guy with the uncanny ability to get running even the most obstinate of engines.