UAW Local 662 2025 Hilcrest Drive, Anderson, Indiana 46012
On June 4-6, UAW Region 3 hosted its 15th annual Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show. This was the second year for the tractor show at its new location at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Terry Thurman, Director of Region 3, so graciously invited us to join the UAW Trade Fair, held each year in Indianapolis.
Thursday, setup day, was very interesting. New cars, trucks, concept vehicles, and state of the art goods that are manufactured by union members in Region 3, were getting in their places for presentation at the trade show on the north side of the fairgrounds, while on the south side of the fairgrounds the old antique relics of yesterday were also making their presence known.
The summer sun glistened off the powerful and proud tractors. Each model made a statement and those of us that attended the show had the pleasure of hearing stories of how the exhibitors acquired their treasures, and the history that accompanied them.
As the show got into full swing on Friday, the Case tractors took center stage as the featured product line. Many other different models were also exhibited. From the sleek-looking orchard specials to the numerous Case tractors that A. K. and Jay Gyger, Lebanon, Indiana, so graciously shared with us, it was an awesome sight. Their Spirit of '76 Case, adorned with the 'Stars and Stripes' of our flag, was a sight to behold.
On Saturday, the tractors were chugging around the grounds, along with numerous Choremasters, antique cars, and old bicycles. Gas engines, antique farm tools, farm toys, an antique wrench display, and many other interesting exhibits were being enjoyed. Once again, Richard Fox, of Anderson, treated us with homemade ice cream. Needless to say, he was a very popular guy!
Dan and Barb Davis, also of Anderson, were kept busy the entire show, as they directed people to the designated areas. They also had to explain about their popular Wizzer Motor Bike. What a very unique exhibit.
Saturday afternoon we held our antique tractor pull. Noblesville Club members were kept busy with over 75 tractors participating. A huge craft show and a country music show was being enjoyed by the many visitors at other areas of the grounds.
Later Saturday evening the tractor show participants were treated to an old-fashioned ham and bean dinner that was cooked in an iron kettle over a wood fire. What a way to end a perfect day.
There were 111 tractors and 200 gas engines that registered. Participants from ten states and Canada were at our show. There were thirty union locals represented.
Plans are already being made for next year's show. The Ford/Fordson Collectors Association, Inc. will hold its ninth national meeting at our show, and the Shaw Du-All Registry will also hold its seventh national show.
Everyone will want to attend this show, as a 1951 Ford tractor will be given away. We believe that this will be our biggest show yet, so start getting your equipment ready. The date for next year's show will be June 2-4, 2000. We would like to extend an invitation to you to come to the show where old and new friends meet.
For additional information, please contact: Morris Titus, Chairman, Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show, UAW Local 662, 2025 Hillcrest Drive, Anderson, Indiana 46012. (765)420231, Ext. 18.