Fortuna Redwood Autorama

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The Farm Shop 650 Herbert St. P.O. Box 728 Ferndale, California

If you missed 1993’s Fortuna Redwood Autorama, you
definitely do not want to miss it in 1994.

Held at Rohner Park, in Fortuna, California, the Autorama offers
a wide variety of activities and events throughout the weekend:
crafts, antiques, swap meet, car show, car cruising, engine gas-up,
antique tractor and farm equipment show, working draft horses and
mules, and antique tractor pulls.

Over 600 custom, classic and antique cars lined the streets of
Fortuna for the admiration of car lovers. Craft and antique shows
gave the ladies something to do and treasures to find. And then
there were the tractor and engine fans they were in abundance in
the park, with exhibitors coming from all over California and
Oregon. Several branches of the EDGE&TA were represented. Among
the displays were a 12 HP International engine mounted on a truck,
a 9 HP Waterloo Boy pumping water, and various other engines
pumping water, grinding corn, or just doing nothing at all but
making that popping noise that seems to be enjoyed by so many
people. Murphy Anderson, of Healdsburg, California, comes every
year to delight the crowds with his miniature fire truck and
high-wheeled bicycle, run by a Maytag engine. Otto Ray, from
McKinleysville, was also a hit with his flock of birds made of

A variety of antique tractors and crawlers, 48 in all, were
displayed. These included models of Allis Chalmers, International,
Case, John Deere and more. Some of the highlights include Andrew
Wilson’s 1929 John Deere GP running a three-wire 1928 John
Deere hay press, and Laurence Hindley’s 1936 McCormick Deering
10-20 orchard tractor thrashing wheat with Scott and Andrew
Wilson’s 1930 McCormick Deering threshing machine. Laurence
Hindley also brought his John Deere two-wire hay press, which was
run by a John Deere AR owned by Joe Renner, of Loleta.

Antique tractor pulls were a new event in the 1993 Autorama and
provided fun for all, spectators and proud tractor owners alike.
Most cannot wait until this year to beef-up their tractors and try
again. The 1994 pull will also offer pedal tractor pulls for
children. A little sled, just like the big boys, is in the process
of being built for the little farmers and tractor lovers.

July 23 and 24 are the dates for the 1994 show. Food, fun and
sun are available in abundance. One of the most popular events that
weekend is the weather. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right
for a wonderful time. The show is free to exhibitors and
spectators. Free transportation is provided to all events, which
are throughout the city. If you would like more information about
this show, you may call the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce at (707)
725-3916, or write to: Fortuna Redwood Autorama, P.O. Box 1000,
Fortuna, California 95540.

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