| November/December 1992

43138 Road 52 Reedley, California 93654

Sunny skies and warm temperatures prevailed at Lindy's Landing along the beautiful banks of the Kings River near Reedley, California on May 16 & 17, 1992 where Branch 8 of the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association observed their 12th annual Crank Up Show. The showgrounds were well groomed with plenty of green grass, well marked trails, plus plenty of shade.

Weeks of advance planning and preparation had taken place prior to show dates in order that all details would fall into place. Show director John Boyajian had arranged for the many details necessary for a successful show.

Approximately 45-50 registered exhibitors brought their old iron and expensive toys for exhibition. They began to arrive several days before the show and camped on the grounds in preparation for the days of fun and enjoyment. Dick and Holly Wilson received the honor of coming the farthest distance and brought their Gray engine with a water pumping demonstration. Mark Alge, of Buena Park (Los Angeles area), arrived several days early so he could set up under his favorite shade tree. He exhibited a 1902 Frisco Standard Marine engine, which is considered to be very rare. Mark asked that his name be mentioned so he could prove to his wife that he actually attended an engine show, for she (who did not come along) could not believe that anyone would travel 200 miles and sit for three days beside an old engine and enjoy it.

There were a number of engines displayed, including two large engines which drew much attention: Boyajian brothers displayed their 30 HP Superior which always makes a hit wherever it is shown, as well as several other smaller engines which they exhibited. Don and Peggy Peterson displayed their larger 1913, 25 HP Sheffield engine, which drew much attention as it produced a loud exhaust and smoke rings, which everyone enjoys. In addition, there were numerous other smaller engines displayed by Floyd and Ken Schmall, Menno and Ann Kliewer, Bill and Stacy Paloutzian, David and Belle Kope, Don and William Bennett, Jake and Esther Golbek, John Shipley, and others of whom I do not have a record.

The tractor exhibition was glamorous and well represented, with John Deere seeming predominant, although we did have Case, Ford, Oliver, Waterloo Boy and several crawlers as well. These tractor men had a heyday as they drove their tractors around the showgrounds and trails doing fancy skilled driving, just like a boy playing with his toy tractors, although they kept the safety factor in mind at all times. The more conservative drivers, like myself, offered free rides to the kids, who enjoyed it very much, as the passenger waiting line became longer instead of shorter. For a youngster to take hold of a steering wheel, while the tractor is. moving, gives him great joy and delight. Whenever the tractor derby seemed to calm down, the organized tractor skilled events started to take place under strict supervision. There were slow races, fast races, slow reverse races, and general skilled performances. Visitors learned that it is much more difficult to have a tractor perform in a slow race than in a fast race, for in a slow race the delicate and skilled performance of the tractor engine and driver/owner is tested. Again, here all safety factors were emphasized. Members who exhibited tractors were: Jeff Golbek, Menno Kliewer, Steve Vogt, Doug Peltzer, Robbie Soults, Cal Middleton, and Joel Kroeker. My apology to anyone who has been omitted.