Young Iron: Emily Huebner

Emily Huebner is excited to be collecting hit-and-miss gas engines.


| June/July 2014



Emily Huebner with her engine

Emily Huebner, 21, of New London, Wisconsin.

Photo courtesy Emily Huebner

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.

Q: How long have you been  collecting gas engines?
A: I was introduced to the hit-and-miss gas engine hobby about a year and a half ago.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?
A: I never knew much about hit-and-miss gas engines. The first time I heard of them was when I went to an auction in Baraboo, Wis., with my boyfriend, his family and their close friends. Once I looked at the engines at the auction I started to ask questions and got more and more interested. I bought an engine that day and have been enjoying learning more and more about the hobby ever since.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?
A: No one in my family collects, but my boyfriend’s family and friends, who are like a second family to me, all collect gas engines. All together with all the families there are more than 35 engines.

Q: What engines do you have in your collection?
A: I currently have one hit-and-miss gas engine. It’s a 1917 Hercules 1-1/2 HP.

Q: What is your favorite engine in your collection?
A: My favorite engine is obviously my Hercules, not just because it’s my only engine but it was my first engine and it has shown me so much about how gas engines work, operate and their place in agricultural history.