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Enid Antique Power

| August/September 1995

  • 10 HP Stover
    Eric and Ryan with their 1912 10 HP Stover. The boys are from Ringwood, Oklahoma.
  • The Trackson Full-Crawler.
    Cleo Philbrick of Enid, standing beside his 1923 Fordson equipped with the Trackson Full-Crawler.
  • Ford Speedster
    Phil Burford of Waukomis, Oklahoma, drove his 1916 Ford Speedster to the show for a fun day.

  • 10 HP Stover
  • The Trackson Full-Crawler.
  • Ford Speedster

1713 E. Walnut Street Enid, Oklahoma 73701-3637

It was October 1, 1994, that the area old iron enthusiasts had their 10th anniversary gathering of the iron at the Garfield County Fairgrounds at Enid, Oklahoma. Once more the weather cooperated and gave us a great day for the show. It has been many years now since our gathering has had to go to the shelter, but who is complaining.

Enid Antique Power is an unofficial organization of the area old iron enthusiasts. We don't have meetings and we don't pay any dues to belong to a club of sorts. We do, however, accept any donations that come our way. Our mailing list at this time is at 129. We include members of the local Model T Ford club in our show and have a number of them on our mailing list. Our show isn't widely advertised because of the cost involved, but we have a large number of visitors nonetheless. The members of our unofficial club are a close knit group and most of the guys and gals know one another; with this being the last gathering of the year for most of us, it is treated as a good-bye reunion until next spring. The traditional beans and cornbread and dessert were served at the noon hour for the exhibitors. This has been a popular tradition and is expected to continue even though it is a lot of work for a number of the exhibitors' wives who do the serving and preparing. To everyone's surprise, John Holden was brought down from Blackwell, Oklahoma, for the beans and cornbread by a friend of his, Lewis Clonts of Blackwell. We are looking for his return next year.

Just like the big three and five day shows, we have a variety of exhibits. We are short of the steam tractors and the threshing machine, but we have the small engines, from the Briggs and Stratton washing machine engines of Jeffrey Blakley to a large Bessemer oil field engine owned by Marlin and Dean Unruh. A large number of farm tractors are represented along with the old cars and trucks, lawn mowers and Cushman motor scooters. A good share of 'home builts' show up, like the high wheeler that Ralph and Lizzie Miller bring in from Wellington, Kansas. A rare and unusual tractor for this area is a 1923 Fordson with tracks called The Track-son Full-Crawler owned by Cleo Phil-brick of Enid, Oklahoma. He purchased this tractor in Arizona and hauled it home for play and exhibiting at shows. The tractor is in very good condition and starts and runs with little effort for a Fordson. Next year it is hoped there will be a newly restored 1924 Fordson agricultural tractor to sit beside it. In the automobile category there was Phil Bur-ford and his 1916 Ford Speedster. He drove it up from Waukomis, Oklahoma, and had the misfortune of having some wiring get a little hot during the course of the show. With the durability of the old Ford cars, he just did some switching around and kept on going. Try doing ' that on a modern automobile.

In the afternoon our one annual meeting was held and the drawing was accomplished for the prizes to be given out. The drawing was taken from the entry forms. Also during this meeting the King of Old Iron Award is given out. This year it was given to a well-deserving fellow from Moore, Oklahoma, Frank King. Due to health problems, he was unable to make it to the show and the award plaque was sent to him. Most people in the area old iron communities know Frank and his Putt-Putt with the John Deere engine and the air-conditioned cab. He has been very active in past years going to shows in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. He attended a show at Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry called the Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days in June 1991.

A question that is sometimes heard at the shows across the country is, 'Are there enough younger people getting into the old tractor and engine hobby to keep it alive?' It seems that a large share of the people involved with the old iron are in their 50s and above. There are four young fellows involved with the old stuff that are part of the local buffs. They are Jeffrey Blakely, Ryan Koehn, Eric Koehn, and James Vorderland-wehr.


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