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M16 HALFTRACK SHOWMANS TRACTOR.
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No: 4355   Contributor: Richard Freeman   Scale: 1/43   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Other   Country: United Kingdom
M16 HALFTRACK SHOWMANS TRACTOR.

This is a 1/43 scale Atlas Editions M16 Halftrack which is based on a real vehicle operated by Rogers Brothers for use on their 3 ring circus. The vehicle was used for pulling lorries and trailers off muddy fields and other recovery work.
Picture taken 31/7/2013.
Picture added on 10 August 2013 at 07:32
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As a young boy I rode in the original vehicle over the million dollar highway between Uray to Silverton Colorado, acting as brakeman - because the hydraulic breaks were burnt out! My father "Governor" Bill Gheen was the driver, and the Master Circus Mechanic in charge of Transportation of Rogers Brothers Circus. I sat in the middle of the front between driver and passenger with the mechanical brake lever between my legs and with my feet on the dash. We also used it to store tires and spare parts. We used to tie it off to a tree to keep it from sliding when winching off vehicles and using a snatch block to gain power. I used a large metal tire iron to keep the cable from jumping out of the winch. We drove it on the highway, but later we hauled it on a special trailer when we joined Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus, where I worked with my father in the summers until I graduated from Georgetown University. Later I went on to become a Fulbright Scholar, earn a PhD in Economics and work for an International bank. But nothing was ever as exciting as riding in that halftrack going down a steep unpaved mountain road in a WWII armored vehicle! Would love to get more photos and learn more about the modeler. My E-mail is: williamgheen@yahoo.com and Cellphone: 301-467-2598
I live in Santa Fe New Mexico USA

Added by WILLIAM GHEEN JR. on 10 June 2017.
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