Are you a teacher? Is the class covering the industrial revolution? Would you like operating examples for the students to see?
Are you planning a communty event concerning the history of your area? Does the history include farming, manufacturing, or just 'the way things were'?
Are you a member of an engine or tractor club, looking for more engines or tractors at your next show?
Are you planning an interesting display of 'something different' at a shopping center or mall?
Are you working at a retirement home, looking for something that will spark the interest of the residents?
We can help!
The Southside Historical Power Club of Hampton Roads is a non-profit hobby club that has received tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(7) Social and Recreation Club. The club consists of individuals that collect, restore, and display vintage engines and farm equipment. We take great pride and enjoyment in sharing our hobby with others, and have frequently been accused of finding almost any excuse to take out our 'toys' and have fun.
We do not charge for coming out and displaying at events, no matter how large or small the event may be. The club accepts voluntary, non-solicited donations, but makes no requirement whatsoever that donations, payments, or compensation of any type are either expected or required under any circumstance or for any reason. This sounds like the right time to add a note required by the Internal Revenue Service concerning donations... "Donations to exempt social and recreation clubs are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return".
Where we do not charge to attend any event, we also do not expect to be charged to attend any event. Our members take their own time, money, and effort, to make the items we have available for public or private display. Most of our members simply do not have the extra funds available to permit any additional expenses. A cross section of our membership includes people that have normal jobs and expenses, as well as retired individuals on fixed incomes. This also has its effect on which events we attend. We normally attend events in our membership area (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and limited areas of North Eastern North Carolina), and occasionally attend events outside these areas. Every event that we have attended has resulted in an invitation to return when the event is next scheduled.
We have displayed at libraries, schools, shopping malls, community events, fairs, and engine shows. We travel to events 'self contained' - that is, we carry everything we need. The only possible exception being water... it is much easier to obtain water at the display site than it is to carry it with us. Most of the engines require 2 or 3 gallons of cooling water, with one or two engines requiring about 5 gallons per day when running.