The Browns have been collecting and restoring tractors for approximately 16 years. They enjoy taking their tractors to various tractor shows across the Midwest, from Oklahoma to Nebraska. 

LaDonna says, “It’s a lot of work but it’s something we enjoy. We just take them and go have fun.” 

The Browns particularly enjoy the tractor games at the shows.

On July 14 at the 3i Show, Vintage Saturday brings displays by both the Kansas Antique Racers (KAR) and Wheat State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS). 

KAR currently supports uncaged sprints, caged sprints, supermodifieds, modifieds, rails, track roadsters, jalopies, and midgets and will have 10-12 race cars on display. Also displayed will be Darrell Wark’s 1947 Ford N2 drag-racing tractor featured in Hot Rod Magazine.

In addition, the KAR display will include Roger Burnett’s replica of the 1914 Flying Merkel to promote the 100th anniversary of the Dodge City 300 to be held in Dodge City July 4, 2014. The Dodge City 300, often referred to as the Indianapolis of Motorcycles, was an international motorcycle race held in Dodge City from 1914 to 1921. More than 17,000 people attended the first race in 1914.

ATHS was founded 40 years ago to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry and its pioneers. The Wheat State Chapter of the ATHS was organized in 2003 and currently has about 65 members who own and drive a wide range of antique and classic trucks.


Approximately 20 trucks from the Wheat State Chapter will be on display at the 3i Show.  FG

—From Western Kansas Manufacturers Association news release

Photo courtesy of Western Kansas Manufacturers Association.