It's enough to make a grown man cry. About the time you get the hang of writing '2000' on your checks, another year rolls around. (Actually, some say this Jan. 1 ushers in a new millennium, but we'll leave that argument to others...)
A simple solution to any calendar anxiety you're feeling is the Classic Farm Tractors calendar. Produced by John Harvey of Classic Tractor Fever fame, this wall calendar is guaranteed to take your mind off the relentless march of time. The 2001 edition is the 12th in a series showcasing rare, flawlessly restored vintage tractors. The tractors represent every part of the country, and cover a span from 1930 to 1966. They're on tracks, on steel and on rubber, and Harvey has the scoop on each one.
Look for a Sheppard Diesel orchard-style (one of 14 made); a 1930 Oliver Hart-Parr; a 1948 Long Model A; and a 1944 Leader Model A (one of 12 made, and one of only three remaining). And then there's that gold John Deere D.
Not yellow. And definitely not green. It's the only one Deere & Co. ever painted gold, done in conjunction with the company's centennial celebration.
A nice feature of this year's calendar is coverage of winners in the National FFA tractor restoration competition. The first and second place winners in chapter competition are shown on the calendar's cover, as is the champion individual winner. A portion of the proceeds from the Classic Farm Tractors calendar and its companion video tape (sold separately) will go to the National FFA Foundation.
Classic Farm Tractors 2001 wall calendar, full color, spiral binding, featuring 18 restored tractors; Tractors from Another Century, a companion video, sold separately, featuring the tractors and owners appearing in the 2001 calendar, 70 minutes. To order by phone, call (800) 888-8979; or, write to Classic Tractor Fever, Box 437, Rockland, DE 19732.
'101 Uses for an Old Farm Tractor,' Michael Dregni, editor: a humorous gift-book (6'x6') focusing on alternative uses for vintage tractors; ISBN 0-89658-496-8, hardcover, 108 pages, color and black-and-white photographs; $14.95. 'Vintage Allis-Chalmers Tractors: The Ultimate Tribute to Allis-Chalmers Tractors,' by Lynn K. Grooms, photography by Chester Peterson Jr.; foreword by Roger Welsch. Detailed company history, extensive illustrations and photographs, colorful period advertising pieces, contemporary collectible tractors. Includes all models from 1914 on, including the Monarch and Advance-Rumely models; A-C acquisitions and mergers. ISBN 0-89658-460-7, hardcover, 160 pages, color and black-and-white photographs; index and bibliography, $29.95.
Both books available through Voyageur Press, (800) 888-9653 or fax (651) 430-2211; mail orders, Voyageur Press, P.O. Box 338, Stillwater, MN 55082; $3.95 per order for shipping and handling; or, online: www.voyageurpress.com