| March/April 1977

Steiner Longlife

This is a rare one as few models were ever made. It is a 7 HP Steiner Longlife, made in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

June 27, 1976 dawned bright and clear on the DeKalb County Fairgrounds at Sandwich, Illinois as final preparation was made for the 5th annual All Day Gas Engine and Antique Car show sponsored by EDEC of Sandwich and the Silversprings Chapter of the AACA.

Many members brought engines on Saturday afternoon and then began setting things up for the next day's show. Besides our own members we had a few other collectors come in late Saturday afternoon with a couple of them coming from as far away as Iowa. All together we had nearly 50 engines on Saturday alone.

And they started coming in early Sunday morning until by about the middle of the afternoon we had an estimated 325 engines in attendance. Many of us were kept busy extending welcomes and extending the roped off areas to accommodate the flood of engines.

The crowds were fantastic this year and kept pouring in even after many of the engine owners had loaded up and gone. To handle all cars going in and looking for parking space is a very large task in itself so this year we tried something different. We had a local 4-H Club come in and park cars. This took an awful burden off our club members and added to the 4-H Club's treasury, too. So a special thanks to the Helmar 4-H Club for their help.

The antique cars made a fine showing for themselves with an estimated 140 cars. Most were meticulously restored including some of the more rare cars still rolling. Thanks should go to these people for their help.

Featured this year, (more or less in going with the Bicentennial) was the Sandwich engine. We had these gathered together and roped off as our honor engine. Thanks to the wonderful turnout, we had at least one engine of every size, except the 10 HP, including several different models of the Chanticleer and Jacob Haish, forerunners of the Sandwich. As in the past we have given a china plate and a brass show plaque with a featured engine. This year we added a soup or coffee mug. The feature engine this year was the Chanticleer.