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First off, I need to alert everyone to an error in the December 2001 issue of Gas Engine Magazine. In the Letters & Miscellanies section we ran mention of the 13th edition of the Classic Farm Tractors Calender available from Classic Tractor Fever, Box 437, Rockland, DE 19732. In reporting on the calender I said this year's version featured orchard tractors throughout, but with four beautiful orchard models presented it is not, as I've discovered, a purely orchard tractor calender. My apologies to the folks at Classic Tractor Fever and to our readers for any frustration this may have caused.

So far it's been a pretty mild winter here in the Heartland, but I haven't heard too much grumbling about the weather, mostly because it's making it easier for a lot of folks to keep working on their winter projects without having to factor in bone-chilling weather. That seems to be the situation around the country (with the exception of all you people in the Buffalo, N.Y., area), and I think it's going to result in a bumper crop of restored and reworked engines for this year's shows. I'm betting we'll be seeing a lot of new old iron exhibited this year, and that's never a bad thing.

Speaking of shows, the 2002 Steam & Gas Show Directory will soon be available. A combination of the old Stemgas directory and the Farm Collector directory, this year's directory features listings for more than 1,200 events, including over 100 new shows. If you haven't ordered yours yet, call 1-800-678-4883 to get your order placed.

As ever, I look forward to your comments and questions about Gas Engine Magazine. Contact me anytime at (785) 274-4379, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265, or via email at: rbackus@ogdenpubs.com.