Old Pete had a long winter…watching old tractor show reruns on RFD TV all winter (when nothing happens at American -Tractor except blow snow) and listening to Max Armstrong talk about the the century rust show Rantoul burnt a new program into Pete’s EPROM. The final straw was when the The Ford/Fordson Collectors Association Inc announced they would their hold National show at Penfield IL.
The trip was on! Load up the Fargo and make a pilgrimage to the motherland of American Tractors…Dearborn Michigan, and then onto Penfield to the Ford tractor show. If all goes maybe squeeze in a Sprint car car at some little dirt track.
My first stop was to tour the Plant were my fabulous Jubilee and 650 were built; I had map and the tour brochure… But, this what I found when I arrived at Highland Park…nobody home
I carried on the next best thing “The Henry Ford Museum” in Dearborn and tour the Rouge Complex ( Birth place of the Fordson and 9N)
I took a tour of Henry Ford Museum… a few tractors on a nice display. It seems they want forget that Ford even made tractors.
The tour of the Rouge Plant was fabulous; I loved every second of it!
It was nice to see Ford hasn’t forgot the history of the “Rouge”, and new F150 plant was world class, almost as nice as a Honda factory!
Nice to visit Detroit, nicer to leave and head to Rantoul!
Have you ever seen the TV footage of idiots in the Midwest driving into a tornado, you might say the trip was off to whirlwind start. At Gary Indiana I drove through my first Midwest tornado, not knowing the area I just followed the tractor trailers on the interstate directly into a wall of black death. The teeming rain obscured my view of the “lemmings-only” lane I was driving in.
Was I happy to get out of that storm and into the “Land of Corn”
Old Pete arrived at Rantoul first thing the next morning, and what a greeting with the 100’F temperature and 100% humidity .