Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Rocklyn Car Show

On Sunday afternoon we headed out to take in the Rocklyn Car Show.  There were about a million cars in sight, in all directions, so Mrs. F.G. had to drop me off and go find a space to park our transport.  We started with the lunch, which was delicious.  Some of the local farm boys came back to the tables with their plates piled high.  Even before we got out of the lunch room, this was turning into a surprisingly sociable occasion for us,

Once we got outside, we started with the line of old tractors.  A show like this reflects the local community, where most are from farm families.  Tinkering with tractors and cars is simply part of life here for many.

A big Minneapolis Moline.

An old Massey Harris, a collector's item, but it hasn't been restored yet.

And another Minneapolis Moline, still with the original paint job I think.

I couldn't see a name on the early simple model.  Beside it a big Allis Chambers.

We had a good chat with the owner of this immaculate John Deere, complete with toy model underneath.  Turns out he owns 20 old tractors and is restoring them all.

And just to prove I was there....

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We were delighted to meet several old friends while we were here, friends from the church we used to attend in Markdale.  Rocklyn is about halfway between Meaford and Markdale.  Maintaining a social network is a major challenge once you are paralyzed (or have other mobility limitations as you age).  In my case simply because we can't get into anyone's house - they all have steps.  And in case you're thinking we should just invite them to our house, doing that on top of all the other work involved in caring for me is a major challenge.  So we try to get out to events like this, and it works well.  We came home refreshed by our conversations.  I think we spent more time talking than looking at the tractors and cars.


17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the pictures, sounds like fun. We did a couple car shows this past weekend in my state and enjoyed getting out.

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  2. oh what an interesting day you had.

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  3. Quite a variety of tractors -- it seems that more and more folks are restoring old tractors. A friend has a couple of Internationals that are in wonderful condition.

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  4. We enjoy going to places like that too.
    So glad you got out and about and enjoyed your day. :)

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  5. Fine old and new tractors. And a bonus picture of the Furry Gnome! :-)

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  6. I like how your red jacket matches the tractor!

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  7. Being raised on a farm. I still like tractors.

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  8. I am so glad you could run into old friends... and I would have loved seeing the old tractors.

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  9. Both my husband's family and my family had farming backgrounds. My Dad and Mom quit farming in the mid 1950's. My husband's two bachelor uncles lived on his family's 118 year old farm. In 1988 hey died within 20 minutes of each other in the house where they were born. They had a tractor but still used lots of horse drawn equipment.

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  10. A great outing. How does your chariot handle running on grass?

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  11. Love the old tractors, but not a single Fordson Major to be seen. I will try and find a photo of me with the tractor and a trailer full of silage maybe, I would have been about 10 when I learnt to drive one.And ditto, you and the red match so well.

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  12. The tractor you couldn't name is an Allis Chalmers model G. They were made for small farms and market gardening and were unusual in that implements were mounted underneath the tractor rather than behind it, making them ideal for working in small spaces. The disadvantage was that the small farmer, having invested all his money in the tractor, then had to buy new implements as well. The British manufacturer David Brown copied the idea but it never caught on in the UK.

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  13. Lunch should always be a priority. :O)

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  14. My Dad's tractor of choice in our farming years was Massey Harris. Little gray ones with red trim.
    Love the pictures especially the proof that you were there!

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  15. We have three old tractors around my former farm. A Pony from the 1940s that had been a gift to my mother in law when she was a girl. A 1950 something International that is still our most used beast, and an even older Cockshut that is new to us but a long way from being useful. My partner is turning into a tractor collector...

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