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Young Iron: Parker Kingman

Parker Kingman entered the hobby with a Briggs & Stratton Model Y engine he bought for $1.

| August/September 2015

  • Parker Kingman
    Parker Kingman, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, has been collecting engines for seven years.
    Photo courtesy Parker Kingman
  • Parker Kingman's collection
    Parker has 25 running engines in his collection.
    Photo courtesy Parker Kingman

  • Parker Kingman
  • Parker Kingman's collection

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 here in Young Iron.

Parker Kingman, Age 15, Strawberry Point, IA; email:

Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?

A. I have been collecting engines for seven years.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?

A. When I was 8, my grandma gave me $1 to buy an old Briggs & Stratton Model Y engine at a flea market. It was completely seized up, but I worked with my dad to get it running. That same year, I helped my dad in the shop rebuild and put back together a 1942 John Deere Model A. We have a lot of other old tractors that we keep running. I like to go to antique shows to see all of the old iron.


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