08-16-18 Inside the BARN with Author and Photographer Lee Klancher and his New Book “TRACTOR”

Inside the BARN with Author and Photographer Lee Klancher and his New Book “TRACTOR”

BRIGGSDALE, CO – AUGUST 16, 2018 – From the award-winning author / photographer that brought you books like Red Tractors, Red Combines and Red 4WD Tractors comes next “must-have” tractor history book is my guest once again Lee Klancher…

The interview covers:

  • “Tractors: The machines that changed the world” – 160 Tractors histories are featured in the book, including: STEAM TRACTORS – PRAIRIE TRACTORS – HART PARR – FARMALL – JOHN DEERE WATERLOO BOY & D – FERGUSON – RISE OF STYLE in 1929 – POST WWII WAR TRACTOR BOOM – WAGNER 4WD – STEIGER – THE MERGERS of the  80’s & 90’s – TECHNOLOGY – MAGNUM SERIES TAKES OVER TOP SPOT FROM JOHN DEERE – 21st century & MORE
  • Includes wonderful photography and extraordinary industrial designer concept drawings
  • How to Pre-order YOUR Copy(ies) of “TRACTOR”
  • Learn about the SPECIAL Editions that will be made available
  • Klancher’s Next Project 
  • Final thoughts & more


Lee Klancher’s new book “TRACTOR” will be available on September 3rd – you can pre-order your copy or copies today @ https://octanepress.com/Links to purchase copies of his other books are available at that website as well.



Octane Press: Author and Publisher Lee Klancher has a new book out on Sept 3rd, “TRACTOR”

The Heartland Innovation, Groundbreaking Machines, Midnight Schemes, Secret Garages, and Farmyard Geniuses that Mechanized Agriculture

Austin, Texas – August 9th, 2018 – Written by Lee Klancher this rollicking and beautiful ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines of all colors. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, Tractor moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century—a time when major manufacturers lagged and independent builders and farmers began creating their own machines with a pencil drawing and a welder.

With fantastic photography and amazing designer concept drawings as illustration, the book shines a light on some of the bright minds and inventive companies that created powerful and innovative tractors in the fertile field of America’s heartland. Tractor includes key moments of tractor history, from the butcher shop where John Deere secretly designed a completely new line of four-cylinder tractors, to the skullduggery and corporate raiding that took place in fields and back lots as company agents schemed to discover what their dirty ol’ competitors had up their sleeves. It moves all
the way up through the creation of the first tractor electronics, the merger movement of the 1980s, and the emergence of the high- technology innovations such as smart farms and auto-guidance that are changing the farm as we know it.

Each of the 160 tractors featured in this raucous, gorgeous book has its own great story – read them all and you understand the history of this machine. Wonderful images of tractors at work throughout history include photography by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and more, with extraordinary industrial designer concept drawings by Henry Derfuss, Brooks Stevens, Raymond Loewy and many others.

Book Specifications                                        


Author: Lee Klancher

Format: Jacketed Hardcover

Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.75 portrait

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Octane Press

ISBN: 978-1-937747-95-4

Pricing: $29.95 US & Canada / $24 UK

Publication Date: September 3, 2018

Available from Octane Press or anywhere books are sold.

Tractor is published by Octane Press.

About the Author

Lee Klancher is a widely-published author and photographer. His work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Motorcyclist, Draft, several popular calendars, and more than 20 books.