Fun in the Sun: The 2007 Florida Flywheeler's Show
Florida Flywheelers show delivers pure pleasure with extensive grounds, great collections and a spirit of fun.
Hang around Fred’s Garage long enough, and you’ll expect to hear the bell when a car pulls in and see a uniformed teenager run out to pump gas, wash the windshield and check the oil.
Carl and Patti Kitchen in their feed mill. Live chicks provide an authentic touch. “Years ago, if you wanted to buy chicks, you’d go to the feed mill,” Carl says.
Melton Dearing at the wheel of his Hoover tractor, built from a Model T Ford during the Great Depression. The homemade tractor cried out for customizing: Melton added a working siren from an Alabama Highway Patrol car and a piece of Ethiopian folk art on the radiator.
Gene Harkins’ Amish tobacco barn was a good place to duck out of the sun during the Flywheelers show in February. During the heat of the summer, the grounds are quiet, Gene says. “That’s when you see wildlife around here: a panther or some bobcats, gators and silver foxes.”
An English-made 1-1/2 hp Petter Junior gas engine from the collection of Heller Davis and John Davis. The floral display is not original to the engine, but is an accurate reflection of the light-hearted spirit prevalent at the Florida Flywheelers show.
Gail Hoyt, Center Hill, Fla., drove a 1972 Massey-Harris 10 garden tractor through the daily parade, under the watchful eye of her dog Lucky. The Flywheelers’ daily parade is more than a procession of vintage equipment: It’s pure entertainment.
Glen Flowers puts a fine polish on a 1956 Massey-Harris Pacer owned by Darry B. Lee, Four Oaks, N.C., and displayed as part of the show’s feature (Wallis, Massey-Harris, Ferguson and Massey Ferguson). Darry bought the tractor from a neighbor and did a complete restoration, adding it to his collection of small tractors used on small tobacco farms. The Pacer is outfitted with a John Blue fertilizer applicator with auger, and the original Fire-stone tires. “I like Massey,” Darry says, “but really, I like them all.”
Massey-Harris memorabilia displayed by Ken Reichert, Ilderton, Ontario, Canada.
Collections displayed at Flywheeler Park run the gamut from the very large to the very small. Here, part of a collection of egg scales displayed by Dick Edwards.
Brian Harris with the half-scale 20 hp Burrell steam engine he spent five years making (all to ASME code). The engine has no castings: Everything was fabricated. “I did the cylinder block first because I figured if I couldn’t do that, I couldn’t do the rest of it,” he says.
A scene from the very well stocked construction equipment demonstration area: Two dozers cabled together pull a ditching/tiling plow.