Charlie Hoober drives Red Fever, an International Harvester 1066, in an exhibition pull July 24 at Buck Motorsports Park. Hoober, of Paradise, entered Red Fever in tractor pulls at local fairs from 1972 to 1974 as a way to promote his family’s farm equipment business, Intercourse-based Hoober Inc. “It sold a lot of tractors,” Hoober said. Red Fever’s current owner, western Pennsylvania puller Art Forrest, lent the tractor to Hoober for the Buck’s Nostalgia Day event. Both Charlie Hoober and the company founded by his father are turning 80 this year. The dealership, now run by Hoober’s children, operates 10 stores from Mifflintown to southern Virginia.

Editor's Note: The video says that Hoober pulled with Red Fever at the Buck in the 1970s, but Hoober told Lancaster Farming that he pulled at fairs and the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association in Kinzers, Pa., rather than at the Buck, which was founded in 1974.

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