| September/October 1978

  • The different engine club

  • The different engine club

Editor, Florida Flywheelers, Bon Creek Ranch, 6795 58th Avenue, N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33709

We believe the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club is a little different in lots of ways from most of the other fine engine groups in the U.S., and we'd like to tell you about ourselves.

You know, in Florida, because of the weather, the 'enginitis bug' never dies down in the Winter as it does in colder areas of the country.

Once a month, all year round, on a given Sunday, you can find anywhere from 50 to 100 of us at a Flywheeler club meeting, running all kinds of engines. Our members own some mighty fine gas and steam and hot air models, and many, many gas engines of varying make and horsepower, plus lots of tractors, a couple of Rumelys, a couple of steam engines (Nichols & Shepard and plus some handsome fair-sized' diesels. Naturally, the larger pieces are not so easily transported and you are more apt to see those when their owner is host at a monthly meet.

Our monthy meets! Now that's a real nice feature of our club. Our monthly meetings are held in various parts of the state at a member's home, or at a nearby park, ranging from the cities of Moore Haven and Clewiston on the famous Lake Okeechobee in South Florida, on up to picturesque Merritt Island in the shadow of Cape Canaveral, and on over to Oklawaha in the edge of the Ocala National Forest-just wherever we're invited. Hosting is voluntary and we never lack for invitations. Sometimes, we're booked a year ahead.

The format of our monthly meetings in unique in that we have only one business meeting per year, a BIG one, and the rest of the meetings are purely serious engine running and socializing. If we absolutely need to, our officers and directors may call a 20 minute meeting, but are soon back with their engines. More lately, for the past couple of years, our meetings have been two-day affairs. We take our campers and go on Saturday and thus get an early start on running engines and horse trading, socializing, or whatever. Some folks without campers, will come on Saturday and spend the night in a focal motel. Saturday night is pretty informal, but mostly we all share our supper and sit around and enjoy our mild southern nights, (mostly!!) On Sunday, there is a community covered dish mid-day dinner, and hosts provide beverages and some great treats. You can best believe we've had some grand old-fashioned dinner-on-the-grounds type meals, too, with our ladies whipping up some pretty potent covered dishes.


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