Washington State-Wide Gas-Up & Swap Meet

| October/November 1989

  • Don Monroe's Foos
    Don Monroe's Foos.
  • Tennis Ball Cannon
    The infamous tennis ball cannon.
  • Engines and Rams
    Engines and rams.
  • Earl Bower with Rope Machines
    Earl Bower and his rope machines.

  • Don Monroe's Foos
  • Tennis Ball Cannon
  • Engines and Rams
  • Earl Bower with Rope Machines

('Chili Cook Harry') P. O. Box 735 Yakima, Washington 98907

Harry thanks his wife Carole for her able assistance with this project and the article.

We did it! After hearing lots of talk along the West Coast about a possible state-wide gas-up, we decided to try it. Washington state had their gas-up for collectors May 19, 20, & 21. It was worth all the effort everyone put out and then some.

All collectors were welcome whether club affiliated or not. Some brought exhibits, some brought items to sell or trade and others brought themselves just to get acquainted, gossip and have a good time. Some came early Friday, or on Saturday but all had plenty of time to get home Sunday evening. Our furthest traveler was less than 250 miles. With-out the public, everyone was relaxed and felt like they had a weekend off.

One display was a Foos engine that had been retrieved from back in the Cascade mountains. Don Monroe had it flown out (fifty miles) by helicopter and went to great lengths to restore it. 'Hot Air Al' brought, of course, his hot air engines. All those collectors in one spot provides more hot air than his engines. We ended up with five rope makers and twisted lots of rope from binder twine. All five were the same patent and I'll bet you won't see that happen again. Every ropemaker I've found has been a different type. Unbelievable that they all were the same. Lots of really nice gas engines and even a small steam engine and boiler hooked to a small generator to display light bulbs.

This show was planned as a tailgate gas-up so we didn't have any heavy items to unload. Lots of machines were swapped but even more tall tales were swapped around.


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