28th Annual Straw Hollow Engine Show
11 August 2007
In keeping with my plan to attend shows that I have not previously attended I headed out this morning at about 7:00 AM with my engines, canopy and Magellan GPS gadget. The Magellan refused to recognize Boylston MA but did come up with West Boylston. I guessed (hoped) that the Cross Street in W. Boylston was one of those long streets that runs forever and I would find the Straw Hollow grounds somewhere on it. Wrong! The Cross Street in W. Boylston is about 50 yards long and is nowhere near where I wanted to be. Since I believe in the belt and suspenders approach I had printed out a map the previous evening so I found my was back to Interstate 290 and followed the map. I soon found the grounds and pulled in and started looking for fellow NEMES members. Score one for the old fashion way of doing things.
I found Norm Jones' red Ford pickup and plopped my stuff down. Rich Hubbard and Russ Steeves invited me to share their canopy so I didn't have to set mine up which was OK.
Seeing these Tonka trucks made me remember when my son was little and would spend hours playing with his trucks.
Several exhibitors had a variety of old and antique outboard motors which was a bit unusal in my experience at shows.
Video of several engines
Showing once again that one mans "stuff" can be another mans treasure.
This video makes me think of the expression, sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you!
This was an unusual engine. I did not have opportunity to ask what the ball was. I would guess however that it is the coolant tank.
NEMES secretary Todd Cahill with his boiler and engines. Todd's engine are things of beauty, his work is immaculate!
Very cool vertical log splitter video of the splitter in action
Roll the tractor off, rig the canopy and sit back and enjoy the day
I was very impressed with this display of sparkplugs. Who knew there was a Spark Plug Collectors of America group? Why should I be surprised since there is a group for every other thing under the sun.
Two unusual air cooled engines
(R) Rollie Gaucher and (L) one of his current projects
Norm Jones muttering incantations over the normally reliable Ryder-Ericksson engine which refused to behave today
Norm Jones (L) chats with one of his seemingly endless supply of friends and acquaintances.
NEMES members, L to R Bill Brackett, Rollie Gaucher and Todd Cahill
Norm chats (are you sensing a theme here?) with a show visitors
Rollie explaining one of his engines to show visitors
This tracked vehicle was neat but sounded like it had not have a visit from Mr. Greasegun for some time
A steam powered side wheel canoe.
Very large cement mixer
It was a beautiful but warm day and Rich Hubbard faded out for a bit
A gathering of the usual suspects
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