Challenge gas engines are a highly collectible but lesser-known product from a company best recognized for its windmills.
Steve Barr with his 8-10 hp Challenge engine. The engine has a 7-by-11-inch bore and stroke. Steve says the engine is somewhere between an 8 hp and a 10 hp because the bore and stroke are equivalent to those on an 8 hp engine, but the flywheel is what would typically be found on a 10 hp engine. “And the crank is somewhere in between,” he says with a laugh. The engine was built between 1910 and 1915.
A 1-1/2 hp Challenge Type H owned by Mike and Janet Healy, Fulton, Mo.
A 3 hp Challenge gas engine made in 1919, owned by Allan Hasselbusch, Clarence, Iowa. “It’s unique,” he says. “It’s just a well designed engine.”
Jim and Cecilia Nass with “her” 4 hp hourglass Challenge. “We went to an auction and this one was for sale,” Jim recalls. “I thought it was going too high, but she told me to keep bidding.”
A 2-3 hp hourglass Challenge engine made between 1915 and 1920, and owned by Steve Barr, Downers Grove, Ill.
A 3 hp Challenge engine with hoist owned by Doug, Mary, Daniel and Michael Dickey, Batavia, Ill.
A 5 hp Challenge engine and buzz saw owned by Jim Nass, Batavia, Ill.
A 1 hp headless Challenge engine owned by Jim Nass Jr.
A 1-1/2 hp Challenge engine owned by Kevin and Mary Hembrough, Jacksonville, Ill.