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August 28th, 2008

Last month, Randy Poole set out from his Virginia home, headed for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. With his wife Holly, daughter Amber and father-in-law Joel, his destination was the Annual Convention of the National DeSoto Club, of which he is a long-time member. Not surprisingly, they saw lots of DeSotos, Randy’s favorite being a nifty ’34 Airflow….
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August 21st, 2008

When I was an infant, my parents had a 1935 Ford sedan. Since my mother usually drove it, as soon as I began to talk I called it “Mommycar.” My father, on the other hand, drove his Model A Ford roadster, which, because it had been converted with a pickup box in place of the….
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August 13th, 2008

You know them by their locations: Stowe, Rhinebeck, Iola. A bit smaller and less prestigious than Hershey, Carlisle or Chickasha, these venerable car shows and swap meets have been operating for nearly half a century and draw a faithful crowd. One of the stalwarts is Das Awkscht Fescht, Pennsylvania Dutch dialect for “The August Festival.”….
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August 7th, 2008

Although most of my tractor time has been spent at the helm of ancient Farmalls, I’ve long had a hankering for one of the old gray friends, the N-series Fords. Built from 1939 to 1952, the little tractors were not powerful, but they were inexpensive and, most significantly, pioneered the three-point hydraulic implement hitch in….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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