July 10, 2015 - 4:26pm — Dee Warren
It’s time to turn the microphone over to Bruce Woods! Bruce is our Territory Manager in Oklahoma and is involved with a local antique tractor club. In recent years, he and his club have found a unique way to showcase Land Pride and help an area student at the same time. Bruce…
“Spaulding Vintage Equipment Club is ‘continuing the tradition’ of restoring (I use the term loosely, fixing up is really more accurate!) a vintage tractor each year and giving it and a Land Pride implement away at Spaulding’s annual Dizzy Dean Days festival the second weekend in October. This year will be our 22nd year and the third with a Land Pride implement.
As some of you may not be familiar with our vintage equipment club and our activities, maybe catch up is in order. In 2014 we “restored” a really nice 1955 Allis-Chalmers CA and paired it with a Land Pride FDR1672 Grooming Mower in buckskin. This pair were REAL eye catchers and sold tickets like crazy! So many, in fact, the club was able to double our scholarship to two $500.00 scholarships. Each year our scholarships are awarded to a deserving senior that is continuing their education in an agricultural-related field.
The CA and FDR Grooming Mower were taken to more locations last year than the 2013 offering (a 1948 Ferguson with a Land Pride RCR1860 Rotary Cutter) mainly because it looked so sharp and performed so well! Vintage equipment shows, vintage equipment swap meets, consignment sales, livestock auctions, antique tractor pulls, the local hardware store, and the granddaddy of them all, the Pawnee, OK Gas and Steam Engine Show all saw the CA and FDR.
All in all, after reviewing attendance figures and careful extrapolation of sophisticated guess work at the annual ice cream social, we determined the CA Allis and attending Land Pride FDR was closely inspected by upwards of 20,000 avid and not-so avid antique equipment enthusiasts! The Allis orange beauty was won by a Holdenville, OK businessman, Randy Fletcher who Fletcher's Body Works. Randy promised that the pair would NOT to be trailer queens!
Long story short: Thanks a whole lot to Land Pride's participation, this tradition has grown to the point the club is contemplating adding ANOTHER scholarship this fall!
This year’s 22nd edition is a 1952 8N Ford accompanied by a Land Pride RCR1260 in buckskin – Yes, in Buckskin! That buckskin color just goes with virtually everything we “restore.” With a little elbow grease and some Mother’s® Wax we can REALLY make it shine! So far the little 8N is running a little behind the 2014 edition Allis but we've had three major shows rained out! It’s kind of difficult to have an antique tractor pull when the track is under water! However, we did manage to get our wheat out for the thrasher demonstration – a Foundation Triumph 64 bundled by a 1902 McCormick binder pulled by a 1932 Allis crawler. Yes, we were kind of worried it was going to be too wet for the little G Allis that normally pulls the binder. All went well, we even taught some of the younger guys how to shock wheat! They all agreed it was great fun, shocking 24 shocks and loading one header barge with bundles, but agree the 40' combines at 6-7 mph may just be a little better!
It’s a great feeling for us old buzzards to keep this part of American agricultural history alive – while employing working vintage equipment. We use not just tractors but plows, thrashing machines, blades, balers, and, yes, even a couple of early 60's rotary cutters! Thanks in great part to Land Pride. With their support we have been able to continue the scholarship program and keep the history alive!”
Thanks, Bruce! It’s always great to hear stories like this from the field! And if you're interested in buying raffle tickets, hit up Bruce or visit one of the local festivals in Oklahoma.