A New Twist on Showing Machines
Mil Harr's pair of 1952 Model Gs and Walt Staack's 1945 styled Model D John Deere lineup for view at Westminster Mall.
They had to get in there somehow - Gary Boelter runs his 1939 Farmall F20 into the mall while Ken Clement hitches a ride.
A 1919 Fairbanks-Morse ZC fronts a line of machinery restored by John and Denise Holtz and Richard Nielsen.
Ed Gannon's Model U Allis-Chalmers (nicknamed Buford), and Ken Clements antique, horse-drawn road grader.
The engine club that I belong to, Front Range Antique Power Association, a 287-strong association with members in seven states, recently held an engine and tractor show inside the Westminster Mall in Westminster, Co.
The show, which ran March 15-18 this year, was a success, and it also gave us the chance to cleanup our equipment and get it ready for the show season. We had a great turnout, with around 25 members showing about 30 tractors, 20 engines and a few other pieces of farm and construction equipment. We also had the opportunity to meet a lot of people who would never have known what this hobby is all about if they hadn't seen our show.
Denise even displayed her first two pieces, a 1916 Briggs & Stratton WMB and a 1940 Maytag Model 82. The Briggs is hooked up to an old grinding mandrel and was a good conversation piece. The Maytag, which is painted purple, was a great way to show some of the women in the mall that this hobby can be fun for all -you can imagine some of the comments we got on that one. 1 brought a 1942 John Deere 1- HP Type E and a 1919 Fairbanks-Morse ZC. We also had an old post drill that my wife has fallen in love with - she likes to show how it works any chance she gets.
The machinery was setup in various locations throughout the center of the mall, with the larger tractors taking center stage.
I posted this show on Harry's Old Engines (www.enginads.com) as an idea for other clubs. Boy, did I open a can of worms with that one. For the most part, people said it sounded like a good idea for an early show, one that would help get things rolling when the weather was bad. I did have one rather adamant reply that anyone can see an engine just sitting there in a garage, and that he would rather stay home and run one than go to this type of show.
In some ways I agree, but this type of show can really help out our hobby and will probably bring in a few members and some hidden treasures. In fact, I think we ended up gaining three to four new members as a direct result of the show. I was also told of a number of these 'old rusty things' sitting in fields and will be checking on that soon.
I hope everyone has a great show season and a little luck finding treasures. If you want to see more pictures of the show or contact the Front Range Antique Power Association, you can check out our website at: www.hometown.aol.com/frontrange2000.
Contact the Holtzs at 10945 Grange Creek Drive, Thornton, CO 80233, or email: TAZNDNKIDS@aol.com