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Where does the time go? Here it is September already many of you will be busy with your club's shows this month. Soon enough it's back to school for the kids, and autumn will officially begin.

It's hard to think ahead to autumn; as I write this note to you, the East Coast is in the grip of an unrelenting heat wave (the weatherman predicts a cooling trend for this weekend, but I'll believe it when I see it). Although it's sweltering outside, we must consider ourselves fortunate to be spared the devastation that has been visited upon our friends in the Midwest. Our thoughts are with our readers and friends who are battling the floodwaters of the Mississippi, Missouri, Raccoon, and countless of their swollen tributaries. Drop us a line if you have an interesting story to tell about the 'Flood of '93,' especially as it might relate to the engine hobby.

Associate editor Gail Knauer is 'recovering' quite nicely from the Gas Engine Extravaganza in England and Wales, noting that the trip was 'packed from start to finish with loads of engine activity,' and that it was a pleasure to meet so many of the readers. 'I'll admit I'm not usually a group traveler, but I really enjoyed this particular crowd,' she said. Many of those making the trip liked it so much that they're ready to go again next year; I don't know if it will happen that soon, but another Gas Engine Magazine Tour isn't such a bad idea, in light of this summer's success!