Buckley Old Engine Show Trivia Contest

Hello Buckley friends,
The following is the next trivia question along with the prior question’s answer, history, and the winner information!!

 Question 37:  

Who invented the first usable threshing machine?

The ninth person to email the correct answers to [email protected]org along with their name and place of residence will win a fun Buckley prize.


Previous Question:

Question 36: 

What company developed the first fuel-cell-powered vehicle?

Answer:  Allis-Chalmers

History: In 1959 Allis-Chalmers debuted a new concept tractor powered by fuel cells. Fuel cells produce electrical power directly through a chemical reaction, without heat, smoke, or noise. The tractor had a 20 horsepower electric motor powered by 1,008 fuel cells. In October of 1959, during a field demonstration in West Allis, Wisconsin the fuel cell tractor plowed a field of alfalfa with a two-bottom trailer plow. The tractor was never meant for production, it was strictly a research project. After displaying the tractor around the country Allis-Chalmers donated the tractor to the Smithsonian Institute. The tractor is now on loan to the McLeod Historical Society Museum in Minnesota.

Allis-Chalmers did extensive research into fuel cell technology, marking a long list of firsts, in 1962, AC debuted the first fuel cell-powered golf cart, in 1963, the first fuel cell-powered forklift, and in 1964, in conjunction with General Dynamics, the first one-man fuel cell-powered submarine. Allis-Chalmers also had fuel-cell contracts with the US Army, US Air Force, & NASA.

The 1959 Allis-Chalmers fuel cell tractor.


The Allis-Chalmers fuel cell tractor plowing with a two-bottom trailer plow.


The 1959 Allis-Chalmers fuel cell tractor with its side curtains in place.


The 1962 Allis-Chalmers fuel cell-powered golf cart.


The Star 1, the first fuel cell-powered submarine.

Congratulations to Art Holzschu, Petoskey, MI won a 2021 Buckley calendar for being the fourth person to correctly answer the July 2020 Buckley trivia contest question. 

***Trivia Contest Rules***

Each contest announcement will provide the contest details which will include:

  • tractor and engine history related question,
  • number of correct answer required to win (e.g. the 5th correct answer), and
  • contest instructions

To enter contestants must email their correct answer, along with their name and city and state of residence to [email protected].

Each contest will award a fun Buckley prize such as a Buckley t-shirt, coffee mug, or other Buckley related goodies. The prizes will be randomly selected and announced with the posting of the winner.

New trivia questions will be posted monthly. At the end of each contest, the winner’s name, city, and state of residence will be posted on the Buckley website along with the correct answer. The winner will receive an email notification of their win. A person can only win once per year. Only one guess per person per contest. The contest is open to everyone.

Prize fulfillment will be handled by the Advertising Committee. Each winner will be provided with claiming instructions in the winner notification email.

By entering the trivia contest you agree to receive Buckley’s e-newsletter and if you are a contest winner you also agree to have your name and city and state of residence posted on the website.


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