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Catching up on GEM at the 2003 R&V reunion. Left to right: Curt Andree, Rie Hammink, Peter Lowe, Becky Andree, and Kaye Lowe.

Editor rbackus@ogdenpubs.com

Well, it’s happened again. Another year of showing,
collecting, restoring and of course reading about engines has
passed by. The good news is that a new year is already in the
making, and the way things look right now, it’s going to be
grand. We have an unprecedented backlog of quality reader
submissions, and the biggest problem is going to be deciding what
to print first. All things being equal, that’s a nice problem
to have.

Add to this the articles that are generated every year as new or
different engines hit the show circuit, and there’s no question
we’ll have some great stories for you in the months to come.
Reader response has been very strong, and that’s something we
need and appreciate. Your interest and comments, whether positive
or negative, make Gas Engine Magazine what it is, so keep them
coming. And those stories, too – there’s no such a thing as too

The 2004 Farm Collector Show Directory is almost ready, and
it’s set to be another record year for shows. It seems hard to
believe, but the number of show listings is up again, with 1,388
shows in our 2004 directory, an increase of 53 over last year’s
1,335. The old iron collective is clearly doing something special,
and it’s not going unnoticed. And don’t forget, you can
save a couple of bucks by ordering the Show Directory early. Turn
to the inside back cover for ordering information.

Finally, I’d like to welcome Scott Hollis to these pages.
Scott is our new assistant editor, and his sharp pencil (well, more
like a fast computer), keen eye and deep interest in old iron is
sure to be noticed as he puts himself to the task of helping us
make a great magazine even better.

Scott’s actually pretty familiar to the rest of us here in
Topeka, having worked as editorial assistant for sister
publications Farm Collector and John Deere TRADITION. In addition
to his new duties here at GEM, Scott continues as assistant editor
for Farm Collector. We’re happy to welcome him to the old iron

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