Last Call Car Show October 11th, Pre-Sales Now!

Last Call 2014Calling all classics, hot rods, rat-rods, low-rider, vintage fixer-uppers, and collectibles on wheels, the California Agriculture Museum, 1962 at Hays Lane in Woodland, is hosting their 2nd annual Last Call Car Show, October 11, 2015 from 10AM to 2PM.

This indoor show is an open invitation to all vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, cars and trucks,  from barn finds to pristine showpieces. Vehicle pre-registration is $30 and includes a commemorative dash plaque, day of registration is $35.

Don’t own a car? General admission to this family friendly event is $5, parking and children under 12 are free, and it include access to the museum collection.Last call Full page print ad

“This event is sure to be a great time,” explained Executive Director Lorili Ostman, “With great vehicles, DJ music, food, Bloody Mary bar, large raffle, and even a Volkswagen Bug-turned-photo booth,  everyone is sure to find something they love. Plus, museum admission is normally $10 per person, so this is a fantastic opportunity to check out the facility and consider joining as a member!”

Additional information and pre-sales are available at www.CaliforniaAgMuseum.org, by calling 530-666-9700, or emailing Marketing@AgHistory.org

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California Agriculture Museum Art Installation Reception Sept. 11

Bud Gordon Art series The California Ag Museum welcomes California urban landscape artist and UC Davis alum , Bud Gordon, to their rotating art exhibit. Following the Friday beer and wine reception, the 12-painting series will hang on display until October 31, 2015

Woodland, Ca  September 1, 2015 — The California Agriculture Museum welcomed their latest painting series this week, California Today, by Bud Gordon, as part of their rotating art exhibit. The public is invited to an installation reception on Friday, September 11, from 5:30-7pm. The event is $10 and includes a complimentary glass of beer or wine.

The 12 painting series, ranging from 14 inches by 18 inches to 36 inches by 48 inches, takes visitors on a tour through California’s urban landscapes, merging with agriculture fields. Museum goers can enjoy the series through the end of October 2015, and a portion of the art sale proceeds will benefit the non-profit.

“Imagine touring some of California’s richest agricultural land by way of the Sacramento Corridor to San Jose by train,” explained Gordon, “The paintings are labeled so you understand your physical progression along the exhibit route.

As a Sacramento resident for decades, and University of Davis graduate, Gordon says the work documents his visual experience as a painter in California today. As a self-proclaimed “Urban Realist,” Gordon is interested in an attempt to reveal that which, in the middle of banal every day, remains extraordinary, rare, unique, and personal. Cal Ag Museum Artist Bud Gordon and wife

“When visiting the Bay Area, I will usually take the train,  it is such a pleasant way to travel because I am able to draw and photograph the urban landscape along the way,” he continued, “This current work, created in 2014, are the views I’ve seen between Sacramento and San Jose on the Capitol Corridor train.”

Gordon studied with renowned artists Wayne Thiebaud and Manuel Neri at the University of California Davis, and he refers to himself as an urban artist whose paintings explore how art can engage the viewer by documenting the environment, people, places and things.

When describing his art, Gordon says at distance his work looks realistic while close up it dissolves into abstraction. He explained that his love of the medium inspires him to work the surface and build in textures, and that by using sketching and photography to capture the essence of the terrain,  he can return to in the studio to transform those glimpses into complex landscapes brimming with surface tension.

“Bud’s art has been hung at the Shimo Center for the Arts in Sacramento, as well as, The Gold Leaf Gallery in Monterey; it is a pleasure to welcome his collection into the museum,” says Executive Director Lorili Ostman, “this rotating art exhibit continues to support our museum mission to educate and preserve the culture of agriculture in our community.”

For more information about the event, or to pre-purchase tickets, visit http://www.CaliforniaAgMuseum.org or call 530-666-9700. The California Agriculture Museum, formerly the Heidrick Ag History Center, is located at 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, CA.

The ag museum gets artsy

tractor sculpture 2015Although tractors may not traditionally bring artistic visions to mind, the Heidrick Ag History Center appreciates art as much as the next collector. In the coming year the museum will add several art additions, including the installation of a captivating metal tractor sculpture outside, as well as, a proposed rotating art gallery exhibit inspired by agriculture called “Art Alley”.

In order to complete this vision, the museum is seeking donation of a non-functioning, early twentieth century tractor.

“We saw a tractor sculpture that we really like; after some brainstorming we have been working with city officials to create a local landmark ,” Executive Director Lorili Ostman said, “It is about 20-feet tall, and it will have a total of three tractors on it.”

Ostman explained that the museum has two of the three pieces needed to complete the sculpture , a Caterpillar 22 and a Cletrac, but needs one more larger piece for the top.

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The museum is looking for pieces such as these to showcase as part of the sculpture. They do not need to be in working condition. Please contact 530-666-9700 if you are interested in making a donation!

“The two tractors we have will appear to climb the pillars of a metal a-frame pillar, and our hope is that someone will have something just a little bigger that represents another transition of early tractors,” she continued, “We only need a tractor skeleton, no engine of working parts.”

Anyone interested in proposing a piece for the sculpture can email a photo and information to development@aghistory.org, or call 530-666-9700.

Although the museum will release more details regarding “Art Alley” in the coming months, the curatorial team is busy working to designate a portion of the museum to agriculture inspired art with rotating art exhibitions, featuring paintings, photography, and sculpture by local and regional artists. Look for the Heidrick Ag History Center to be fundraising for the exhibit at First Friday Art Walks at the Barth building at 423 First Street in downtown Woodland.

Heidrick Ag History Center unveils 45,000 sq. ft. rental space

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The Heidrick Ag History Museum and Event Center excitedly announces the addition of a fourth rental facility, the East Wing, now available for event rental and tours. With a temperature controlled floating space of up to 45,000 square feet, 16’ by 16’ roll-up doors, an onsite full-scale commercial kitchen, and 30-foot tall ceilings, the non-profit event and cultural destination facility can comfortably accommodate the most populous events. Provide your dignitaries a grand entrance into the event seated in a Model A, or maybe even a 1925 fire engine, through an edifice adorn by treasures of California’s rich artifacts. The venue is now available for trade shows, large-scale conferences, and personal special events, with customized accommodations to make every booking completely unique.

With four unique event spaces available including a large banquet hall, unique agricultural equipment museum, beautifully manicured garden courtyard, the Heidrick Ag History Center has been Yolo County’s premiere event venue for nearly 20 years, hosting a range of events from conferences and corporate parties, to weddings and quinceaneras and personal parties.

“Little do most folks know about the treasures that line our walls.” explained Executive Director Lorili Ostman, “Alongside our rare tractors, our collections include classic cars, a vintage airplane, army vehicles, and more, ranging from barn fresh to meticulously restored artifacts.”

Clients looking for a venue outside of the standard four-white walls can host their guests in a stress-free affair, with attention to detail and superior service, alongside an array of amenities available onsite.

“By hosting events here, our clients can incorporate our lovely collections into their theme, photos, and event atmosphere,” she added.

The Heidrick Ag History and Event Center is conveniently located just off of Interstate 5 in Woodland, only eight miles from the Sacramento International Airport. The addition of the East Wing has given Woodland the opportunity to become an event destination, with the facility already booked for a variety of events in 2015, including the Yolo Outdoor Expo in March, as well as the Last Call Car Show in October.

The Heidrick Ag History Museum has been working to cultivate an appreciation of the rich agricultural history, not only in Yolo and its surrounding counties, but throughout California, since founding in 1982, expanding the museum into a banquet facility in 1997. This expansion has worked to manifest a community relationship, as the home of the rarest collection of tractors in the nation.

The museum winter hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., with docent tours available. Call 530-666-9700 to make special arrangements for larger groups. Visit www.aghistory.org for more information, and search “Heidrick” on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Lindsey Hickman, Marketing Specialist

Phone: (530) 666-9700 x 101

 

World War I Exhibition, November 1-30, 2014

In commemoration of World War I, the Heidrick Ag History Center is proud to exhibit a rare collection of WWI vehicles vital to the evolution in military machinery, November 1st- 30th.  To memorialize the events and honor side -1918 USA ''Liberty'' Standard Type B Flatbed 3the servicemen and women of World War I, museum guests are invited to contribute non-returnable photos, documents, and items to be displayed in a temporary World War I Memorial installation hosted on-site.  Plan your visit to this special exhibition and learn about World War I advancements through technology.

World War I

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War was a global war centered in Europe that began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918.  More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war.  The casualty rate was exacerbated by the belligerents’ technological and industrial sophistication. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in transport and weaponry.

Holt 120 HP 1917 WWI

Holt 120 HP, 1917, 6-cylinder, 26,500 pounds, gas
It is said that the Holt 120 was the model that set the new world record for tractor pulling in 1914 (about the time of World War I) at Fremont, Nebraska.
By: F Hal Higgins “The California Farm Observer”

The home front of the United States in World War I saw a systematic mobilization of the entire population and the entire economy to produce the soldiers, food supplies, munitions and money needed to win the war.

The war came in the midst of the Progressive Era, when efficiency and expertise were highly valued. Therefore the federal government (and states as well) set up a multitude of temporary agencies to bring together the expertise necessary to redirect the economy and society into the production of munitions and food necessary for the war, as well as the production of ideas necessary to motivate the people.

Holt Fills War Orders

The Holt Manufacturing Company produced tractors used for every power need in 1917.

They were used in agriculture, mining, lumber, snow removal, road building, industrial and military. The Holt Manufacturing Company’s initial products focused on agricultural machinery and were distributed internationally. The traction machines were built at Holt’s plants in Stockton California, and Peoria Illinois.

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Holt 120 HP detail 
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6 cylinder
26,500 pounds
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During World War I, Holt tractors were used to replace horses to haul artillery and other supplies. The Quartermaster Corps also used them to haul long trains of freight wagons over the unimproved dirt tracks behind the front.

By 1916, about 1,000 of Holt’s 120 horsepower Caterpillar tractors were used by the British in World War I.  “We have been shipping two Caterpillars per day to the British government for the past eighteen months,” said Pliny E. Holt of Stockton.  “All of the motors are manufactured in Stockton.  We ship them to our Peoria plant, where the Caterpillars are assembled.  We have no direct knowledge of the purpose for which they are to be used. They are shipped as agricultural machinery.  Of course, we have representatives in England, but they are sworn to secrecy.  If the Caterpillars are armored, that is done after they reach England.  We have sent some to France and some to Russia.  So far as I know, the tractors were used only to tow big guns.”  (Stockton, San Joaquin County, Ca—Tuesday, September 19, 1916)

Until recently, these Caterpillars were designed for modern farming, but in WWI they were transformed into fighting machines.  The way they hurdled trenches, crawled over shell craters and through swamps and marshes surpassed the horse drawn age of the tractors predecessor.

The 1915 World War I relic was sent to the Fred Heidrick Ranch in Woodland where it was renovated for exhibition with other tractors.  It is currently displayed in the West Wing at the Heidrick Ag History Center.  Originally, the gasoline powered rig was shipped to France where it was expected to haul big cannons around the Western Front. (Daily Enterprise, Bill McKenna)  But for reasons unknown, the tractor never left the dock in France.  After the war, the tractor was returned to the United States and it was used on the Hedrick Ranch near Sunnymead from 1920 to 1932.  The tractor was a real workhorse.

10 Ton Artillery Tractor

10-Ton Artillery Tractor 45 HP 19,000 pounds Model of 1917 4 cylinder Built in Peoria Illinois

10-Ton Artillery Tractor
45 HP 19,000 pounds Model of 1917
4 cylinder
Built in Peoria Illinois

The 10-ton artillery tractor was developed for WWI because of the mortality rate of horses.  This vehicle is currently on view in the East Wing at the Heidrick Ag History Center.  These tractors solved transportation problems that were too stiff for animals or motor trucks.  “Since the British army adopted the Holt engine, the horseshoer’s have had a lot less to do.” (Caterpillar Times for March 1915, “Our Page of War News”).

The standard U.S. 10-ton artillery tractor was one of the most advanced and most efficient tractors in 1917.  It is a self-propelled track-laying road vehicle.  The advantage of this type of tractor for military purposes lies in its ability to negotiate soft or uneven surfaces.  The general design and construction of the 10-ton tractor use differs from that of the modern motor truck because the tractor is designed to pull ordinance equipment, not carry a load.

Holt tractors were also the inspiration for the development of the British and French tanks, which profoundly altered ground warfare tactics.

WWI Ambulance Hupp Motor Car Company U.S. Army Chassis No. 30128

WWI Ambulance
Hupp Motor Car Company
U.S. Army Chassis No. 30128
The Hupp Motor Car Company, was a Detroit, MI, known for the “Hupmobile,” first introduced in 1909.  Hupmobiles were used in WWI as staff cars, to visit front lines, and as ambulances.  Hupp continued production of newer models of the Hupmobile through 1940, ultimately producing a half million vehicles.

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Holt and Swinton, Stockton, CA

On April 22, 1918 British Army officer Colonel Ernest Dunlop Swinton visited Stockton while on a tour of the USA. Swinton publicly thanked Benjamin Holt and his workforce for their contribution to the war effort.  During 1914 and 1915, Swinton had advocated basing some sort of armored fighting vehicle on Holt’s caterpillar tractors, but without success. Although Britain did develop tanks, they came from a separate source and were not directly influenced by Holt machines. After the appearance of tanks on the battlefield, Holt built a prototype, the Gas-electric tank, but it did not enter production.

After the war ended, Holt focused less on agricultural machinery and more on producing road-building equipment.

The Hey Day of Hot Rods

Nearly 150 hot rods, muscle cars, and classic cars of all kinds cruised into the Heidrick Ag History Center on Saturday, April 5, to launch Hot Rods: Wheels in Fields.  More than 1,200 guests marveled at the new exhibits created by So-Cal Speed Shop of Sacramento, Gus Gustafson, Rich Cleland, Bruce Woodward, Joe Heidrick, the Tuesday Volunteer Crew, and our dedicated staff and volunteers.

For Hot Rods: Wheels in Fields, So-Cal Speed Shop P4050134 courtesy Gary Yeeengineered a historical replica of a garage and air tower like those found on rural properties during the 1930s and 1940s. New cars were too expensive for many people during the Great Depression, so young car enthusiasts refurbished old cars rescued from junk yards, often swapping out engines, transmissions, and other components.  Innovations led to distinctive cars with more powerful engines and other improvements.  These high-performance customized cars reflect the qualities of innovation, resourcefulness, and independence we associate with the culture of agriculture.

Hot-rodding stalled with the outbreak of World War II, however, when many young men were drafted into the armed forces.  Gasoline was rationed and auto and tractor manufacturers turned from making peacetime vehicles to assembling tanks and warplanes.

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P4050116 courtesy Gary Yee

By 1946, decommissioned young men coming back from overseas brought the mechanical skills they had gained during the war, and returned to souping up cars in abandoned hangers.  Roadsters were all the rage, and by the late 1940s hot rods were popular.  1946-1949 is now considered the hey day of hot rods.

See magnificent examples of this legacy at the Hot Rods: Wheels in Fields exhibit in the Heidrick Ag History Center. The East Wing is open to tours only so be sure to call in advance.  Watch for more surprises at the Heidrick Ag History Center!

Open 10 am – 5 pm, Wed. – Sun.

530-666-9700

http://www.aghistory.org/

Photos courtesy of Gary Yee

From Gow Job to Hot Rod

When is a hot rod not a hot rod? When it was built in the 1920s and 1930s.  At that time, a hot rod was called a “hop-up,” “soup-up,” or  “gow job” (from “gowed up,” meaning intoxicated).1  The typical gow job started from a Ford 4-cylinder Model A (1928-32) or Model B (1932-34) that had been stripped down and performance enhanced for speed.  As one hot rod enthusiast notes, “Hot rods are built to burn rubber.”2

A Model A’s top speed was 55 to 60 mph.  To increase this top limit, a gow job mechanic would remove anything unnessary – fenders, bumpers, windows – to improve the power to weight ratio.  The roof could also be lowered or the windshield removed.

The real action was under the hood (if it still existed). The mechanic intent on speed could choose specialty parts from a variety of SoCal manufacturers.  Stripped down, souped up, a Model A or B could go 80-90 mph, with the fastest cars topping 100 mph.3

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Farmers with a talent for mechanical ingenuity took their souped up cars out on country roads to race.  Later, meets were held at dry lakes where the cars could really be opened up and safety was less of a concern.  One of the earliest timed dry lake meets was held at Muroc Lake, Kern County (now part of Edwards Air Force Base) in 1931.  By 1938, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) was operating time trial meets, and over 300 racers participated at Muroc Lake.4

Hot rodding still attracts numerous car club enthusiasts throughout California, and the SCTA still holds land speed trials at Bonneville Flats, Utah, where some of the fastest vehicles in the world come to make their mark on history.

See a slice of Hot Rod history at the new exhibit

HOT RODS: Wheels in Fields

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1 Gow was derived from “yao-kao” – Cantonese for opium. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gow

2 Vincent, Peter, Hot Rod An American Original, 2001, MBI Publishing, St. Paul, MN.

3 Montgomery, Don, Hot Rods As they Were, 1989, AM Graphics, San Marcos, CA.

4 Vincent.