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The creative streak inside the old iron community runs strong, and anyone doubting that fact need only turn to page 24 of this issue of Gas Engine Magazine. There, you'll find George Fair's write up on the Otto-Langen atmospheric engine he designed and constructed, sourcing almost all of its parts from salvaged materials. The Otto-Langen engine occupies an important place in the history of the internal combustion engine, and was, in fact, the first successful flame ignition engine. Commercially available starting around 1864, the engine was designed by Nicolaus Otto and Eugene Langen, and preceded Otto's work on four-cycle engine design. George has built a completely functional version of an Otto-Langen engine, and he's done it without drawings, basing his design on readily available parts put together with a minimum of machining.

Regular contributor Bob Naske shares a great find with us this issue, that being the 5 HP 1919 Hercules Model E now in the possession of the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, N.Y. An original engine found bolted to its original foundation, the discovery of this Hercules is a great story, one made even more amazing by the coincidence of its place of purchase and present home. Turn to page 20 to learn more about this great find.

Finally, I'd like to direct readers to our latest Web site, www.farmcollectorshowdirectory.com, the place to go if you have any questions about the upcoming Farm Collector Show Directory 2003, formerly known as the Steam & Gas Show Directory. The Web site gives the latest information pertaining to the Farm Collector Show Directory 2003, including how to get your show listed (if you haven't already) and how to submit photographs of previous shows for online display so people can see what you have to offer. Last year's directory was 418 pages long, with over 1,200 listings for shows in the Cl.S. and Canada. Farm Collector Show Directory 2003 will be available February 2003.

As ever, I look forward to your comments and questions about Gas Engine Magazine. Contact me anytime at (785) 274-4383, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265, or via email at: rbackus@ogdenpubs.com