ShowtimeOn a Grocers Parking Lot!


| March/April 1986



Gabe Brull unloading Rumley Oil Pull tractor

Gabe Brull unloading one of two 1929 Rumley Oil Pull tractors he brought to the show.

200e. 13th St., North Kansas City, MO 64116

Mo-Kan Branch 19 of the Early Day Gas engine and Tractor Association held its first free public show on Saturday, June 1st.

Jim Fogle, Ray France, John Sinnett and Fred Thomson arrived along with a steady rain at the paved parking lot of Bob's IGA Grocery in Kansas City North at seven a.m. to begin setting up tents to protect the exhibitors from the elements. The blacktop was much appreciated as it had rained most of the preceding night.

The tents required only the assembly of a conduit frame, a vinyl cover and upright poles dropped into lead weighted bases sitting on the blacktop. In about forty-five minutes we were finished and sitting under cover, out of the rain to enjoy steaming hot coffee and fresh pastries from Bob's bakery department before setting up a rope guard rail along in front of the exhibit areas.

By ten a.m. there were fifteen exhibitors, fifty gasoline engines, two Rumley Oil Pull tractors and eleven hot air engines assembled to show the big city shopper what this fascinating hobby is all about.

Mother Nature smiled on us too, as by this time the rain had stopped and we had dry footing for both man and machine... and the people came!