Early Day Engine Club Of Sandwich, III

| May/June 1976

15 HP Fairbanks

Courtesy of Verle Johnson, Route 2, Marseilles, Illinois 61341.

Verle Johnson

Secretary, Rt. 2, Marseilles, Illinois 61341.

Thank you again for giving us continuing coverage on what certainly must be one of the most interesting and fascinating hobbys in the country today. The many show reports, informative articles written by the knowledgeable people in our fraternity, and information made available between people who would not be able to exchange such knowledge without your help, is impossible to estimate. I'm sure I speak for many thousands of collectors who say many thanks, also I must mention that there is no doubt that many would not have been able to enjoy the engine fever if it were not for your classified ads.

Our show at the Sandwich Fairgrounds at Sandwich, Illinois, in 1975 was another huge success. The Good Lord favored us with an unbelievable beautiful, sunny, warm day to have our show; after the show in 1974 we thought we would make modest arrangements for an increase in exhibitors. Well we shouldn't have been so modest, the turnout in gate attendance, exhibitors and engines was overwhelming.

In 1974 we had at our show 147 gas engines, well by the end of our show in 1975, we had exceeded 250, with many out of state exhibitors from Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. It would be impossible to describe all the engines shown and equipment run by them. There were many rare and beautifully restored engines shown by very enthusiastic people, young and old.

This is of Gatfield Harley with his pride and joy, 15 HP Fairbanks. We would all like to be this spry when we reach this age

The Antique Car Club that also co-sponsors our engine show had a tremendous turnout of beautifully restored cars, we were both busy extending our rope boundaries to accommodate the many exhibitors who came.