2012 SPAAMFAA National Muster - Frankenmuth, MI July 28, 2012

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Buckeye 53

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Reading, PA
Liberty # 5
1931 Buffalo / Unknown Chassis
1000/220
# 1005
John Denney Photo

The 1st rig we shot after arriving on Thursday afternoon. It had been raining earlier & was set to rain again shortly. The sun popped out & we got this one.
 

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X - Brundidge, AL
Fire Department Ambulance
1977 M & M / Cadilac
John Denney Photo

Not being an ambulance guy I don't know if this model is the Plain or the Peanut. The last photo before the sun went away for the day.
 

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Detroit Fire Department Memorila Rig
1937 Seagrave
John Denney Photo

We pushed our luck & paid for it. This rig was positioned when the clouds opened up & we took cover in a nearby picnic shelter. The last one of the day & you'll see this one again. Time for the German Style dinner.....
 

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No photos of Friday as the weather was unrelenting. The muster site was filling up and we were anxious to start photographing. 5 TDA's on site: 1 Ahrens-Fox from Kokomo, IN- 1 Seagrave from Syracuse, NY - 1 C Model Mack from Lapeer, MI - 1 B Model Mack from Wilkes-Barre, PA - 1 Pirsch from Beloit, WI. There were 4 other aerials present also. The Ahrens-Fox Boat Tender from Detroit was accompanied by 2 Seagrave Sedans. A rotary Gear & Centrifigal Ahrens-Foxes in good company with around 10 piston pumpers of various models. Just lots of cool stuff with no chance to shoot. A bad storm rolled through about 4:30, but luckily no hail. We licked our wounds & headed to dinner at the Frankenmuth Brewery. Tomorrow will be another day.
 
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The Saturday of the Muster dawned clear & cool. We headed over to Heritage Park, the muster site, to have a pancake breakfast. The muster field was really crowded with around 170 pieces of apparatus. So much so that the regular photo location was being used for apparatus parking. The parade kicked off around 11 and we still had not shot a rig. As the parade was returning, the Detroit Memorial rig was leaving the grounds and I asked them if they were going home. "No, we're going to the photo shoot" they shouted as the rig sped away. What photo shoot??? I took off running down the street after them and I found them about a 1/2 mile away near the covered bridge over the Cass River. The "professional" photographer didn't seem to know what he was doing, but both Detroit Sedans and 2 Fox Pistons were there. I tried calling everyone in my group to let them know where I was, but to no avail. I chatted up the folks with the Detroit Memorial rig and the results are in the following post.....
 
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Detroit Fire Department
Memorial Apparatus
1937 Seagrave
1000/0
John Denney Photo

This rig was completely rebuilt with donated funds by FF"s and many skilled craftsmen. The original chassis was replaced by a Freightliner Chassis and is maintained for Firefighter Funerals throughout the state of Michigan. This project took many years to complete and cost nearly $250,000 to complete. So far this rig has ben used for 3 funerals and luckily, none were LODD. And Yes, it does look much better in sunshine!!!
 

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X - Detroit, MI E-31
1938 Seagrave
1000/0
12-J-1
# 88796
John Denney Photo

This was the other sedan at the photo shoot and fortunately some of the other photgraphers were making their way over and were able to get this one. The last time I shot it was July 24, 1982 at Greenfield Village in its debut after restoration and it still looks and runs great.
 

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X - Newport, KY
1928 Ahrens-Fox
1000 GPM
N-S-4
# 3326
John Denney Photos

This was the other Fox that came over to the photo shoot. It provided a backdrop for our group photo, as well as a ride back to the muster site. It sure beat walking back as half went on the M-S-4 & the rest on the N-S-4.
 

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We had photographed the 4 rigs that showed up for the other guys photo shoot and we rode back in style to the muster site. It was almost 2:00 so we took a little lunch break since the muster was in full swing. We'll start shooting again in a little while.
 
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After lunch we walked around the muster site and the group became scattered. Big mistake. Box 2565 & I saw a rig leaving and we hopped a ride to a photo spot I had picked out earlier in the day. The resuts are in the following post.
 
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Pittsford, MI Civil Defense
1950 American/GMC
500/350
# 11050
John Denney Photos

Another rig that provided numerous runs back & forth from our afternoon photo locatio & the muster site. The driver was taking photos with us. When I wasn't shooting I was standing on the corner flagging rigs down or running/riding back & forth to get more rigs to the photo location.
 

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The sun was moving pretty fast so we moved off the road and into this very nice field. It was being used by skydivers, but we didn't seem to bother them and they didn't land on us.
 
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X - Peoria, IL
1924 Buick
No info on the builder, but you can see where it used to have a chemical tank. It was owned by the Shriners for many years and the current owner installed the current equipment
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