BRADY TWP. — Rod Raether, a Howell resident, figures he’s a touch crazy.
Raether has collected so many old tractors, he’s lost track of how many. He hauled one of them, a 1948 Allis-Chalmers transformed into a front-end loader, to the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Association show this weekend, which he’s attended for 15 years.
The event is one of the largest tractor shows in the state, boasting about 1,500 old gas tractors displayed over the three days of the annual event. Today is the last day. This year’s event is highlighting International Harvester machines.
“What started the madness is, I grew up with tractors on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and my dad gave me a tractor he bought new in 1955. I still have it,” Raether said, sitting in front of the tractor…