Mecum Gone Farmin’ auction begins Friday in East Moline

Just ahead of spring planting, a lineup of vintage tractors, trucks and road art will plow into East Moline for Mecum’s 2022 Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic. 

The auction, which began at 9 a.m. Friday, March 25, at the Bend XPO in East Moline, includes a lineup of more than 350 tractors, 150 vintage trucks and nearly 200 lots of road art and relics.

The Spring Classic will be broadcast on Facebook Live March 25, featuring co-hosts Max Armstrong and Amanda Trudell, along with announcers Max Wilson, Wendell Kelch and Carl Downs. A portion of the auction will be broadcast live on RFD-TV from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. The entire event will be streamed live at

The Mecum Auction Company planted roots in the Quad Cities, as reported by the QCBJ, when it decided to make the Bend XPO center a new permanent home for its Gone Farmin’ spring and fall auctions. 

Among the featured tractors consigned to the auction is a group of steel-wheel examples, including a rare  1926 Bryan Steam Tractor (Lot F30), which is believed to be one of only five complete tractors of its kind to exist. Other rare finds include an 1898 Case 12 HP Compound Tractor Engine (Lot F45) and two crawlers from the makes of Lamborghini (Lot S31) and Minneapolis-Moline (Lot S32). 

Nearly 150 vintage trucks also will cross the auction block in Gone Farmin’s Big Truck vintage-truck auction, anchored by the Hays Museum Antique Truck Collection. The Hays Museum Collection and its 37 rare vintage trucks are one of the most significant truck collections ever offered at a singular event and includes the only first-generation Peterbilt ever to be offered at auction. It is estimated that fewer than five such machines still exist. 

The Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic is open to buyers and spectators. Also on the auction block will be nearly 200 lots of Road Art and relics including some classic John Deere memorabilia. 

Daily tickets are $15 per person. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. The bidder registration fee is $50. For more information, visit or call (262) 275-5050. 

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