Submitted by Louis and Erma McMaster P.O. Box 6 Hickory, Pennsylvania 15340
On August 6, 7 & 8, 1993, the Historical Construction Equipment Association held their eighth annual convention and second outdoor equipment show in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. Hosted by Lou and Erma McMaster and Bob Shaffer, the event was a huge success by all accounts. It was a glorious weekend for anyone interested in old construction equipment. The lovely wooded fairgrounds and delightful summer weather provided the perfect setting for the operation of vintage construction machinery. A large crowd of people came from more than 30 states and Canada to enjoy the western Pennsylvania hospitality. Many equipment owners stepped aside to let those who had operated equipment as their trade have a turn at working the machinery again. Others climbed aboard to test their skills on different equipment.
Dean Redd, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, displayed over 15 pieces of machinery including his Keystone skimmer shovels and his 1926 Erie steam shovel. Lou and Erma McMaster, Hickory, Pennsylvania, brought 12 pieces to the show, including Lou's recently acquired 1955 Caterpillar D4 Angledozer and the newly refurbished Cat 60 and 5 ton. Howard Ball, Beverly, Ohio, displayed a 1957 Diamond T 662 tractor hauling a 1941 Cletrac BGS 5 ton. Buck Guyther, Edgewater, Maryland, brought a 1946 Bucyrus-Erie 10B dragline that put in a lot of time moving dirt. Bob Kelly, McDonald, Pennsylvania, displayed his 1927 Byers Bearcat, and Steve Weaver, Midway, Pennsylvania, had a recently completed 1932 Cat 22 tractor. Bill Rudicill, next year's show chairman, brought a nice Bucyrus-Erie 10B from Peters-burg, Kentucky. Altogether, more than 50 pieces of old and unusual machinery relived history moving the earth in Brownsville.
Beckwith Machinery, a major sponsor of the event, displayed some new equipment, which created an interesting contrast of machinery.
Inside the tent, construction equipment was displayed on a smaller scale. Jim Owensby, Cochranville, Pennsylvania, displayed a beautiful Cat 60 large scale model and Lee Hitchcock of Liburn, Georgia showed the history of the Yancy Tractor Company. Keith Brooks, Albermarle, North Carolina, displayed literature and toys. Dealers briskly sold construction models and toys. An Ertl 988B wheel loader was the show's official tractor and brandished the H.C.E.A. Show logo inside the bucket.
On Saturday night a delicious catered dinner was served to over 200 equipment fans. Mike Hunyady, up-and-coming heavy equipment auctioneer, gave an interesting and humorous account of the auctioneering trade. Master of Ceremonies Lou McMaster presented the Best In Show Trophy to Jim Litts of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, for his 1941 D7 military dozer.
The H.C.E.A. show was held in conjunction with the National Pike Steam, Gas and Horse Association's annual August show. This show features farming methods of the past in an atmosphere of a county fair. Great food, hand-made crafts, and many spectators provided an ideal backdrop for the antique equipment show.
Next year the show will be held in Bellview, Kentucky, which is certain to bring an entirely different crop of old equipment together for a weekend of enjoyment for all historical construction equipment enthusiasts.
Membership information concerning the Historical Construction Equipment Association is available through: H.C.E.A., P.O. Box 328, Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522.