The first-ever Wheel Horse collectors show was held in southern Pennsylvania
A trio of historic tractors at the first-ever Wheel Horse Show. Center: a 1954 Wheel Horse Ride Away, which owner Dan Messinger, East Berlin, Penn., found in North Carolina. At left: Mary Pence of Houston, Ohio, on her 1947 Pond. At right: Joe Papke, White Pigeon, Mich., on his 1947 Pond, which he's owned for 30 years. The Ponds - forerunners of the Wheel Horse - were made by Elmer Pond, who constructed them from spare parts, including Ford Model A transmissions and a lot of channel iron. They had tiller steering, no hoods or brakes, and were powered by Wisconsin gasoline engines.
Eric Van Loock, Mobile, Ala., met his first Wheel Horse tractor long before kindergarten. Here he's shown with a 1960 Suburban 550 that he says is a hybrid.
Chris Bure, Manorville, Pa., brought his 1955 Ride Away Senior Wheel Horse to the show in Arendtsville.
Jason Johnson, St. Michael, Minn., with his Wheel Horse snowmobile. The snowmobile, which Jason plans to restore, was made in Des Moines in the late 1960s.
Roy and Betty Stewardson of Forest, Ontario, Canada, showed off their 1957 Wheel Horse RJ 35.
Ed Mayhew, Gaithersburg, Md., with his 1963 6 hp 633 Wheel Horse. At left is a 1967 6 hp Lawn Ranger Ed got from his father, a former lawnmower dealer.
The Kane family of Biglerville, Penn., brought a full dozen tractors to the show, ranging from a 1957 RJ 35 to a 1976 D-160.
Terese LaPree, Newaygo, Mich., takes orders on Toro-sanctioned Wheel Horse quilts. She is secretary of the Wheel Horse Collectors Club; her husband, Tim, collects the tractors.
This 1946 Pond, owned by Dave Veit, Houston, Ohio, was recently displayed at an Indiana show.