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Glenn Karch (wearing his trademark orange shirt) driving “The Hercules Express” at the Root & VanDervoort Reunion in 2003.
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Hero of Hercules

If you’ve been reading Gas Engine Magazine for long,
you’re familiar with Glenn Karch, who pens our monthly Hercules
Engine News column.

Glenn’s interests in engines run far and wide, but the Hercules
brand has particularly captivated him. Part of this is proxemity:
Glenn’s home in Haubstadt, Ind., is less than 20 miles north of the
old Hercules Gas Engine Co. factory in Evansville, Ind. His
interest in the company prompted research that led to his 1989
self-published A History of the Celebrated Line of Hercules

In 1992, Glenn visited the old GEM headquarters in
Lancaster, Pa., and asked if they had any interest in a monthly
column on Hercules engines. They were skeptical at first, but when
he sent them six complete columns in advance, they saw he was
serious. His first column appeared in the June 1992 issue, and has
run ever since. Until now, that is.

“One of my objectives in this whole thing was, rather than redo
the book, I’d document everything in GEM,” Glenn says. He
thinks he’s achieved that aim, and with that has decided it’s time
to give his old word processor a rest.

Glenn will still pen the occasional feature (he’s working right
now on a history of Kankakee engines), but his regular column has
drawn to a close. Our heartfelt thanks and admiration go out to
Glenn for everything he’s done to help the old iron community all
these years.

Richard Backus


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