A phalanx of Hercules Model Es, with a Sparta Model B leading the formation, line up at last year's Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs show in Spokane, Wash.
The first Friday of every September marks the kickoff for the annual Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs show, held in conjunction with the Spokane Interstate Fair in Spokane, Wash. For 2002 the 300-member club celebrated their annual show with a special exhibit of Hercules Economy Model E engines. Representing every size in the line, 12 Model E engines, from 1-1/2 HP to 12 HP, were on hand. Rounding out the lineup was a 4 HP Sparta Economy Model B, squarely positioned between the two rows of Model E engines.
Half of the Model Es - and the Sparta - belong to Herman and Marie Meier, Spokane, Wash., and the other half belong to Ernie and Janet Snowder, also of Spokane. Approximately 160 engines were on hand, ranging from the Hercules engines to a giant, 35 HP Black Bear made by Oil Well Supply Co., Pittsburgh, Pa. The show is held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane, Wash., and this year's event runs Sept. 5-14. If you go, look for Herman's 4 HP 1909 Field-Brundage sideshaft, a rarity anywhere, and especially so on the West Coast.
Special thanks to engine enthusiast Herman Meier for supplying photos and information. Contact Herman at: 8821 E. Maringo Drive, Spokane, WA 99212.