GOESSEL — The 11th annual Antique and Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, 200 N. Poplar in Goessel.
For a $10 entry fee, exhibitors with cars and trucks in any condition that were manufactured between 1900 and 1990 can participate in the show and vie for awards.
Motorcycles do not have to pay an entrance fee, but will be present for show only.
One of the highlights of the show will be a 1934 Ford Model BB 1 1/2-ton truck, which was restored and donated to museum about 10 years ago.
Jacob Duersken, the vehicle’s original owner, paid $650 to a dealer in Hutchinson for the truck. For more than 50 years, it was used to haul wheat. Christopher Duersken, Jacob Duersken’s grandson, had the truck restored in 1997.
Museum volunteer, Roger Bartel, said he learned to drive in a 1938 Ford truck much like the one the museum’s vehicle. The 1934 model is one of the earliest trucks produced with a bed, V-8 engine and dual rear tires, making it ideal for use as a delivery vehicle in its heyday.
“Grocery stores or retail outlets could deliver to their customers, I think that’s what the trucks were first developed for and then the farming community got them,” Bartel said.
Harvested wheat was placed in the bed of the truck, driven to a grain elevator, and then dumped out by removing the back panels. Later, lifts were installed so that a truck’s front tires could be raised into the air for quicker dumping of the grain into the elevator’s pit.
“The whole process of going from a horse and wagon to a motorized truck that would carry something was a quite a revolution,” Bartel said.
As designs changed, some elements that can be seen on the 1934 truck disappeared — like a windshield that could be opened to provide rudimentary air conditioning for the vehicle and the gas tank opening only accessible by removing the passenger’s seat cushion.
The Ford truck still runs well, though Bartel noted he does not push the vehicle to the top of the speedometer, which goes up to 90 mph.
“The museum is very fortunate to have a truck of that quality donated,” Roger Bartel said. “Most trucks of that age, they’re either scarfed up by some collectors or they’re sitting in a hedge row, rotting away.”
Along with a multitude of tractors, threshers, wagons, buggies and other vehicles regularly on display at the museum, visitors can also view an antique fire truck originally used in Hesston and then in Goessel.
Attendees can sign up to win door prizes. A hot-dog lunch will be available at a small cost.
Admission to the museum’s complex will be free for all visitors during the event.
Mennonite family collections can be seen in the Immigrant House replica, which adjoins the museum’s store. Other buildings at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum include early homes, the Goessel State Bank building, schoolhouses, a barn and the Turkey Red Wheat Palace, a large building housing early farm implements, horse-drawn buggies and a larger-than-life replica of the Liberty Bell woven from wheat stalks.
For more information about the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum or to register for the car show, visit http://www.goesselmuseum.com or call 620-367-8200.
In case of rain, the 11th annual Antique, Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be moved to June 23.
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