Michael Hinton's love for tractors began in Kansas where he grew up watching the local farmers working their fields. His passion turned into an investment in 2008 after a move to West Plains, Mo. and the purchase of a 1949 Farmall Cub. The purchase began as an addition to his father-in-law's Farmall collection, but soon became much more. When Michael's Farmall Cub required some work shortly after purchase, he found out how difficult it is to find parts and information on antique tractors. His struggle led him to create a new web site called TheAntiqueTractorShow.com where Michael shares links to find parts, history, restoration information, articles and events highlighting his beloved iron workhorses.
His tagline reads, "Recognizing the Tractors' Importance To Our Rich Agricultural and Farm Machinery Heritage" to which tractor aficionados from around the world would agree. Many have let him know that they find his information invaluable to their trade.
September 29, 2012 marks the third annual "Antique Tractor Preservation Day" in Missouri as proclaimed by Governor Jay Nixon and a "Tractors on the Square" event in West Plains, Mo. The day will also be commemorated with a one-of-a-kind tractor postmark from the U.S. Postal Service.
Want to go to the event? Here are all the details:
Tractors on the Square - September 29, 2012, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Historic Downtown District Square in West Plains, Mo.
Free admission with music, food, shopping, and activities for the kids including a mini tractor pull.
Photos provided by Michael Hinton of TheAntiqueTractorShow.com