Mid-Michigan Antique Machinery Association Hosts Chapter 11 IHC Collectors

| March/April 1997

The Titans and Moguls

The Titans and Moguls: from left, 10-20 Titan model TV; 8-16 Mogul; 10-20 Titan model TY; 10-20 Mogul.

 4421 Old Carriage Road Flint, Michigan 48507

I confess to personal reluctance for our club to host, because our show has always been grateful to all tractor exhibitors who turn out and face juggling the harvest and inclement weather conditions. We would not want any exhibitor to feel 'left out,' and possibly stay home because his 'Persian Orange' or 'Prairie Gold' machine wouldn't be appreciated. The 'Genesee Valley Two Cylinder Club' has turned out in ever increasing numbers at our show and I feared this business of hosting the 'Red' might damage our relationship with this fine organization. After all, many in this area, including our president Mac Cheney, belong to both clubs. Many two cylinder members assured me that my concern was unwarranted.

The city of Clio, Michigan, where our club is headquartered, is on the edge of the Saginaw Valley, a large bean, corn and sugar beet producing area which has always been 'Deere' country. So the local shows have a great number of 'Green Ones' on display. So maybe this hosting of the 'Red' might be not such a bad idea after all. As the show got closer, and after a presentation by chapter #11 president Dave Wilder announcing his goal of 200-plus Red Ones, I became much more enthusiastic to this business of hosting.

The fact that I am a city kid and only own one tractor, a rusty IHC 8-16 Kero built in 1920, I made it my goal to get a few others like mine at our show. Diversity seems to be a popular buzz-word nowadays, and I wanted to let it be known that 'gray' or 'green' were the IHC colors long before the decision was made in 1936 to paint them red. This goal was further enhanced after looking at videos, and talking to those who attended the National IHC collectors 'Red Power Round-Ups' because it appeared that these older IHCs were not displayed in appreciable quantities.

In the months before our show, I talked to several owners of older model IHC tractors with the hopes that they would dust them off and display at our show. A few collectors seemed to share my enthusiasm for these older tractors, and in the weeks before the show it began to look like my dream might come true. Just a month before our show while at Portland, where IHC was the feature tractor, I met Roy Hough, the owner of a VB 8-16, we exchanged cards and I explained my goal for the show. Our meeting was only a minute or so, and boy was I happy when he called a week later for more information and indicated he would make our show WOW!

I had already asked my friend John Raney to start working on a model HC 8-16 owned by his father Ray. This tractor had carb problems and had not been displayed for several years. John and Ray seemed to like my idea. So, along with mine I figured we would have at least three.