Anybody out there have any stories about field demos especially back in the 1930's through the 1960's. The kind of demos where the different makes would go head to head at a farmers field.
For example my uncle tells of a demo between a 60 Deere and a WD45 and how that 45 easily out performed the 60 using the same pull-type plow and a stop watch. He had just gotten out of the Army back in about 1953 and just down the road from my Grandpa's farm this demo took place. The neighbor was going to buy the 60 but the local AC dealer wanted to first challenge the Deere dealer to plowing demo using the farmers plow. The rounds were timed and at first the 45 was marginally beating the 60 at each round then the mechanic decided to shift up into 3rd gear on the 45 and just blew the 60 away the rest of the afternoon. The Deere dealer would constantly be adjusting the carb and the farmer buying the 60 was claiming the AC dealer brought a hopped up tractor.
In the end the farmer bought the 60 but his brother bought an Allis and that demo sold a lot of Allis tractors in the area. My Grandpa traded his Fordson for a WC just a few years before that and that was enough to sell him on AC but my uncle was definitely sold on AC after the demo and never looked back.
For a few years I worked at an AC dealership and the older mechanics told of many stories like that especially involving the WD45, or D17, D19 and 190XT.