2009 Red Power Round Up: Antique Tractor Show Focuses on International Harvester

Annual International Harvester show features antique tractors, engines, trucks and more

| May 2010

Looking for the mother of all antique farm equipment shows?

Take in a Red Power Round Up. The sheer enormity of the International Harvester line guarantees a vast and varied display of tractors and equipment and, as garage sale ads say, “lots of miscellaneous.”

The 2009 Round Up, held in July in Madison, Wis., was hosted by Wisconsin Chapter No. 4 of the National International Harvester Collectors Club. More than 25,000 people attended the three-day event, which included displays of more than 1,000 tractors, 200 IH trucks, 500 Cub Cadets and hundreds of pieces of machinery covering a span from the 1800s to today – and that doesn’t begin to take in the small pieces and memorabilia exhibits. Educational seminars, new equipment displays, parades, live music and even a parade of 140 tractors and trucks from the show site (at the Alliant Energy Center) to the state capitol grounds, packed the schedule.

Produced at a different site and by a different host club every year, no two Round Ups are the same. Each is an astonishing 72-hour convergence of collectors and collectibles like these:

Going way back

Pieces in Doug Schoenick’s exhibit were among the oldest International Harvester pieces displayed at the Round Up in Madison. For fans of fine originals, his Keystone Pony corn sheller (complete with IH decal) was enough to cause heart palpitations. “When I first saw it, my eyes almost popped out of my head,” admits Doug, who lives in New Holstein, Wis. “It shows no wear at all; it’s like new.” International bought Keystone Mfg. Co. in 1904. The Pony remained in production until 1914, when it was replaced by an all-steel unit.

Doug’s International Type D feed grinder made a nice companion piece for the Pony. Restored when Doug bought it, the piece was patented in 1907. Power is provided by a 3 to 5 hp engine; two 8-inch discs do the grinding. Doug also collects International gas engines: He’s looking for a 10 hp Model M to complete his M Series set. “I’ve been collecting International stuff for seven or eight years,” he says, “but I’ve liked it since I was a kid. My dad had an F-14 and I liked it best.”

1066 Farmall Hydro

When Bob Wells got his hands on his brother’s 826 Farmall Hydro with infinite speeds, it was love at first sight. Soon he found a Hydro of his own: a 1972 1066. “It ran when I got it, but it needed a cosmetic restoration,” he says. Bob did that and more, and now has a showpiece that’s also becoming a regular on tractor drives. “It’ll go 23, 24 mph,” he says.