N Tractor Club History
What is currently known as the N Tractor Club was formed by a small group of old Ford tractor enthusiasts on March 24, 2003. The founders, Patrick Tipton, Mark Hendershot, Tyler Neff, Dave Smith, Ken Brown, Ray Taschenberger and Ed Gooding had all gotten to know one another as a result of owning, restoring, maintaining and using Ford N-series tractors. They wanted a web site that was focused on older Ford tractors only. They wanted to develop an on-line culture that invoked memories of an old country store; a place that was open to all who passed by. There would be no membership required, nor anything that would prevent a visitor from just walking in the door. Inside, they would find a varying number of people, sitting around the old pot-bellied stove and sharing information about their beloved old iron, and maybe even talking a little politics and sharing a joke or two (but they would be clean jokes, given that the store had women and children as visitors, also.)
The NTC has slowly evolved and gotten more and more popular. The NTC started as an intranet website then changed to a more user friendly bulletin board format initially funded by one of our administrators, Dave Grant. Participants, founders and administrators have come and gone, but the web site has steadily grown in numbers of participants and volume of readily-available information and wisdom to be shared.
The one characteristic that has remained constant from Day-1 is the friendly and hospitable tone of the site and its participants. The NTC bills itself as being “newbie friendly”, which means a site where new owners can come and feel safe about asking any question about how to safely use, maintain and/or correctly restore their old Ford tractor and implements. Questions from newbies are answered in friendly and helpful tones, encouraging them and others to not be afraid of asking questions and seeking help with problems.
In 2006, the NTC formally organized itself as a not-for-profit New York corporation.
In 2007, the NTC was granted 501(c) not-for-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service.
Current Officers & Administrators