Bristol, New Brunswick Antique Tractor Shows

Antique Power Days in Bristol, New Brunswick, celebrates local traditions and proud heritage.

| November 2012

  • Fairbanks-Morse 6 hp engine
    This Canadian-built Fairbanks-Morse 6 hp engine was displayed by owner Bill Myles.
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • Avery Model A
    Jim Galloway's 1945 Avery Model A tractor. 
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • Cockshutt Model 60
    This 1953 Cockshutt Model 60 was displayed at the Bristol show. 
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • 1909 Aermotor engine
    Collector Murray Davis originally mounted this 1909 Aermotor engine on a wooden base. “Everyone told me to change it,” he says. “So I got hold of this railway setup. It looks better, I guess, and it is easier to move around.” 
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • Gilson and Alpha DeLaval engines
    A 1-1/2 hp Gilson gas engine with wooden pulley wheel (left) and a 1916 Alpha DeLaval engine. The wooden wheel was likely added by a farmer, recycling it from some older piece of equipment. 
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • Model A Ford Truck
    A Model A Ford truck on display at Bristol, New Brunswick. 
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • Oliver 660
    Ralph Carpenter bought this 1960 Oliver 660 new in 1961.
    Photo By Lorain Ebbett-Rideout
  • Iron Horse Engine
    Bill Myles calls his Iron Horse engine “the housewife’s best friend” for its role in providing power to early crank-style washing machines. 
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • Brownwall Engine
    A handsomely restored 1911 Brownwall 6 hp engine, built by Brownwall Engine & Pulley Co., Lansing, Mich. 
    Photo By Cary Rideout
  • Antique Tractor Show Display in Bristol, New Brunswick
    A display of stationary gas engines at Bristol’s Antique Power Days. Bristol is part of an area that bills itself as "French Fry Capital of the World”: Local grower McCain Foods claims that its potatoes are used in one of every three French fries served worldwide. 
    Photo By Cary Rideout

  • Fairbanks-Morse 6 hp engine
  • Avery Model A
  • Cockshutt Model 60
  • 1909 Aermotor engine
  • Gilson and Alpha DeLaval engines
  • Model A Ford Truck
  • Oliver 660
  • Iron Horse Engine
  • Brownwall Engine
  • Antique Tractor Show Display in Bristol, New Brunswick

Most antique tractor shows mirror their community. Antique Power Days in Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada, is a classic example of that. In an area where agriculture and logging are entwined into a proud heritage, Antique Power Days is an apt reflection of a very unique place.

Located on the St. John River, Bristol has long been the center of a thriving farm community, just as it supported dozens of lumber operations in the nearby forests. In established local tradition, more than a few farmers headed to the woods to work in lumber camps until late March, then returned for spring planting. In Bristol, the old saying goes, a man had to be half-farmer, half-woodsman to survive.

Held on June 16, 2012, the 8th annual Antique Power Days drew exhibitors whose displays showcased local traditions and visitors who relished a look at the past. “It really began as a way for the collecting community to get together and put on a display,” says Coordinator Steve Patterson, Greenfield, New Brunswick. “This part of New Brunswick has a rich farming and lumbering heritage. Growing potatoes and cutting timber was how many folks made a living.”

Many exhibitors are members of the Old Flywheel Guys, a local tractor and engine club. “It’s great to have them here,” Steve says. “People enjoy walking among the collections and the guys love to answer questions and swap stories.”



Oliver 660 is another shade of green

Many antique tractors today rarely see daylight other than when they are displayed at shows. This gathering, however, included more than a few tractors that are still called upon to perform an honest day’s work. Among them was an Oliver 660 holding its own next to several Farmalls.

Ralph Carpenter, Richmond Corner, New Brunswick, is the original owner of the 1960 Oliver 660. Bringing the 660 to Bristol was a bit of a homecoming, he says, since the Oliver was purchased there in 1961. “George Marich, owner of a local hardware store, sold me that Oliver,” he explains. “I watched for a year and no one bought the 660. I was just a young guy but I was dead set on that Oliver. So I showed up with a truck to haul it home and I started talking to George and I kept talking all day. We worked out a deal and you know something? I didn’t pay a cent for a year. It was a different world back then.”



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