Indiana A-C Partners was born in the 2001.Our mission statement is “People working together for the preservation and enjoyment of Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment of all ages”. Our members range from 1 year old to 90 years old. Each and every one of our members has some kind of connection to the A.C. orange tractors in one way or another, such as the one year old who was born to an active Allis Chalmers family, and will grow to appreciate the A-C tractors.
On the other end of the scope, we have 80 and 90 year old members that farmed with Allis equipment all their lives, or possibly worked for one of the many Allis Chalmers manufacturing plants, and in some cases both. Everyone else is in-between with many different reasons why they are involved with the AC Orange. Our membership covers 11 states at this time – Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Florida and West Virginia.
The INACP have 2 official membership meetings during the year. The first one is held at Tipton, IN, where we have a pitch in dinner, a membership meeting, election of officers and directors, plus lots of good visitation with Allis Chalmers friends. The second meeting is held in the fall at different locations in the state of Indiana with a pitch in dinner, a membership meeting, and good fellowship with our A-C Friends.
Harlan Thompson is Founding Father of the Indiana A-C Partners antique tractor and collectors club. He was the one that inspired a hand full of people to come together to form an Allis Chalmers antique tractor and collectors club, in the spring of 2001. At first, Harlan wondered if the Indiana A-C Partners club would survive, let alone grow.
As a young man, back in his farming days, he used the "Allie's", as he called them, to farm with. He could you more than one story about the "Allies" way back when. Harlan also drove a school bus for 25 years earlier in life. He had some greats stories about those experiences also.
Harlan's first hobby on the farm, was raising Percheron Draft Horses. He was involved with raising, selling and exhibiting the big Percherons. His favorites were the dapple grays. Even after he stopped raising the draft horses he still loved to talk about them. Sadly, Harlan passed away in 2018.
Membership is open to anyone interested in joining our organization. Interested persons need not reside in Indiana. Individual members must be at least 16 years old.
$20.00 for family memberships
Membership will be accepted at all A-C featured shows and by mail to the Club Treasurer, and will be valid 12 months from sign up date.
Please click on the link below for the Membership form. Mail the completed form and check made out to Indiana A-C Partners to:
Mark Ruhlig, President
Sharpsville, Indiana 46068
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