Young Iron: Christopher Underwood

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Christopher Underwood and his 1926 1-1/2 HP IHC M.

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Take a quick glance at the exhibitors and attendees at gas engine shows, and it’s easy to think that this is an older person’s hobby. But take a closer look and you’ll find a growing number of younger enthusiasts. You’ll meet them in Young Iron.

Christopher Underwood
Age:
 15
Location: Glen Aubrey, NY
E-mail: jmckitrick@stny.rr.com

Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A: Since 2002.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?
A: I got started in engine collecting after my cousin, Seth McKitrick, got me into the hobby. I really thought the engines were neat.

Q: How many engines do you have in your collection?
A: Five: 1926 1-1/2 HP IHC M, 1946 2-1/2 HP IHC LB, 1928 1-3/4 HP Hercules Model S, 1933 Stover CT3, and an air-cooled Nelson Bros. Sattley.

Q: What’s your favorite engine in your collection?
A: The 1926 1-1/2 HP IHC M because it is a reliable, easy starting and good running engine.

Q: Are you working on  any projects?
A: I’m looking for my next one right now!

Q: In general, what are your favorite engines?
A: I always attend the Southern Tier Antique Gas and Steam Engine Assn. show in Maine, N.Y., and the Endless Mountains show in Tunkhannock, Pa. I really want to make it to the Coolspring Power Museum someday.

Q: As a young collector, what are some obstacles you’ve come across in the hobby?
A: The big thing is money. Engines are expensive but I try to get one new one each year.

Q: What are your favorite engines in general?
A: Throttle-governed because they have such a nice steady beat. A throttle-governed sideshaft would be the perfect engine.

Q: If money weren’t an issue, what is your dream engine to own?
A: Either a large sideshaft IHC Mogul or a Callahan.