Wisconsin Thresheree Brings Out The Ancient Engines

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While I was paying homage to my Midwestern roots a couple weeks back, I did more than just drink Leinies and go to a classic Door County Peninsula drive-in. Vintage farm tractor show!

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Even though I was sorely lacking in the International Harvester Scout department, my love of engines built by long-defunct (and not-so-defunct) Midwestern manufacturers drew me to the 28th Annual Valmy Thresheree and Antique Machinery Show.

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In additional to all manner of interesting steam, diesel, and gasoline engines from the 1900-1970 period, the emblems and nameplates of old-time tractors rival anything put on road vehicles back in the day.

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Check out the lines on this machine! You think the Soviets could have built something like this Case as part of Stalin's Five Year Tractor Production Quota Plan? Hell no!

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I think I may have found the font for the next Murilee Martin logo.

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Not all the attendees rolled up in a Scout or John Deere; the parking lot featured some nice automotive finds.

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Those looking to buy a terrifyingly rusty Dodge Wayfarer were in luck!

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They'd even grown a cornfield on the fairgrounds, so that old-school harvesting equipment could be demonstrated for the crowd. Now I definitely need to start shopping for an IHC Travelall D1000!

DISCUSSION

I've always been partial to M&M tractors. This one has been in my family since new and still gets daily use on my Dad's farm as a fuel tender. It's been stolen and recovered once and some thieving a55holes used it to pull one of his John Deeres that had been disabled onto a trailer to steal it, then left the MM during a 2nd heist. Yes, I think anyone caught stealing from a farm should be ground up and fed to the livestock. Oh, ignore the artsy B-W shot of the tractor and my various cousins upon it; my brother was going through an artistic phase and that's the only pic i have handy.