Rt 4, Box 1645, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
On June 10 and 11, 1988, the East Tennessee Antique Engine Association sponsored the 17th East Tennessee Crank Up at the farm of Jeff Hutchings on Scioto Road, near Johnson City, Tennessee. Jeff's farm is tucked away between two mountain ranges bordering the Cherokee National Forest. It's a beautiful setting for an engine show with spectacular scenery, plenty of shade, cool nights and mild days. We provide southern hospitality at its best.
Several years ago our members wanted to make this show different and unique. We felt we already had something special in our location, but we wanted to offer a warm friendly atmosphere and more. We decided to display some of the rarest and most unusual engines ever made. We enlisted everyone we could to bring and display their unusual engines, and 1988 was no exception. We had 2 steam engines, an old hot air engine, 127 gas or gasoline engines from 10 HP to tiny little Briggs. We had many steam, gas, and hot air models, as well as some tractors, a crawler and a fire truck. On display were about 30 side-shaft engines including 4 sideshaft Geisers, a Springfield, 3 Ottos and a Columbus. The oldest engine on display was a ? HP Otto Silent manufactured in 1882. It is a slide valve engine built by Crossley Brothers of Manchester, England. It was quite a sight to see this old engine come alive and run. Also on display was a beautiful 4? HP Gearless Olds and an 1897 Thomas Kane, which has a push rod and a sideshaft. One of the nicest restored engines was a 4 HP Witte and push rod Temple was quite a conversation piece. One of our members brought an Economy log saw which was something different. We wish we could go on and on mentioning all the engines present.
The Downtown Christian Church Youth Group of Johnson City provided great food all weekend long and we didn't see anyone going hungry.
We appreciate two fine engine associations nearby with their great support. They are the Smoky Mountain Engine and Tractor Association of Knoxville, Tennessee and the Carolina Flywheelers of Boone, North Carolina. We could not have the show we have without their support. We also want to thank all the other friends, who bring engines and support us, from North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and many other states.
Our 1989 show will be held June 9, 10, &. 11. For information contact Jerome Christian, Show Director, Rt. 8, Box 440A, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601, 615-928-2556, or Jeff Hutchings, President, Rt. 4, Box 1645, Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643, 615-725-3992.