1984 - Volume #8, Issue #2, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
The Two Cylinder Deere Tractor ClubThe distinctive chug-chug of the two-cylinder John Deere tractor is no longer a familiar sound in the countryside, but interest in these tough little workhorses lingers on in rural America.
That interest, in fact, is so strong that enthusiasts have formed their own organization called the "John Deere Two-Cylinder Club". Headquartered in North Dakota, it is growing rapidly and currently numbers nearly 600 members nationwide and in Canada. President LeRoy Klein says, "We now have members in 38 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and one member each in England and Sweden."
Membership is made up of both men and women, and the only requirement is to have an interest in John Deere two-cylinder tractors and to pay the $5 per year annual dues. Members receive a bimonthly newsletter that provides a place to buy, sell, or trade tractors, parts, and accessories.
"We also hold two meetings a year at different locations around the country," says Klein. "Last year, we held our first ęslow race' in connection with the annual threshing demonstration in Makoti, N. Dak."
The Two-Cylinder Club features models built from 1923 to 1961. Klein's own tractor is a 1953 R diesel tractor.
"There's growing interest in antique tractors, and several other makes have tractor clubs," says Klein. "We give support to other clubs."
Anyone interested in becoming a member can join by sending $5 annual membership dues to: FARM SHOW Follow-up, LeRoy Klein, John Deere Two-Cylinder Club, Box 3164, Minot, N. Dak. 58701.
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