The Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club is a
non-profit organization, founded in 1972, to promote interest in restoring,
preserving and exhibiting antique internal combustion engines, steam engines,
antique tractors and autos and other labor saving devices from the by-gone
years. This was done by members hosting shows at their homes and farms around
the state. As interest in the hobby grew some of these shows were held at rental
facilities that could handle larger public attendance.
In 1997 it was decided to purchase property in a central
location in south Polk County where members could have a show to display their
collections to the public without the need to rent facilities. Flywheeler Park
has now grown to almost 240 acres and includes a tractor pull track, club and
member buildings which house displays, collections and many large engines, and a
membership which is over 1,500.
With the club putting on 3 shows per year at the park.
The Florida Flywheelers are able to educate its members and the general public
of the historical, technical, and social contributions and impact of these items
of the past. One of the goals of the Florida Flywheelers is to be involved in
giving back to the local community with our Christmas in the Village in December
and the supporting of the local FFA Tractor Restoration Teams. Our mission is to preserve the past for the future.