Vintage engine/tractor Hall of Fame honors Gary Simpson


July 11, 2019

Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson, left, and Russ Shorten, former Cofax resident now of Dayton, with the MM model of a ZTU, the latest addition to the Simpson's collection. Simpson purchased the tractor from Shorten.

Gary Simpson of Pullman will be inducted into the National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association Hall of Fame during the regional meeting of the organization in Shelton July 12-14, 2019.

The organization's Hall of Fame honors those who have made significant contributions to collecting, preservation and exhibition of antique tractors, engines and equipment.

Simpson was nominated for the national hall of fame by Everett Martin of Pullman, former president of the Lewis-Clark club.

Simpson serves on the board of directors of Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club, Inc., which is designated as Branch 54 of the national organization.

He collects all brands of antique machinery and implements associated with farming the Palouse.

He is credited with planning and organizing the club's annual tractor drive which normally covers 30 to 35 miles on county roads. The drive starts at Johnson.

Simpson owns and operates a large shop at Johnson where he helps club members with tractor and engine repairs.

Every fall after harvest, he hosts a straw baling day where club members use vintage equipment to turn out 600 to 800 bales of straw which are sold to offset fuel costs.

The honoree is also a member of the Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs, Branch 197 of the national organization.

Gary Simpson (standing by Farmall M) and his 2018 "recreational straw baling" equipment line-up.


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