Young Iron: Drake S. Pearson

Collector Drake S. Pearson has expensive taste when it comes to antique gas engines.

| February/March 2014

  • Drake S. Pearson with his collection of gas engines.
    Photo courtesy Drake S. Pearson

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, such as Drake S. Pearson. You’ll meet them in Young Iron.

Q: How long have you been collecting antique gas engines?
A: About three years.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?
A: I went to a garage sale with my grandfather and in the back of the man’s garage there were three Hercules engines. They fascinated me, and when I got to talking to the man that owned them he tipped me off to a local show in my area.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?
A: My grandfather and I got into the hobby together.

Q: What engines do you have in your collection?
A: 3/4 HP early Ideal lawn mower engine, Standard cream separator engine, two Maytag 92s, two Maytag Twins, Stover CT2, Maytag Upright, Briggs FH, Maytag 82, Hummer (unsure of exact HP) and a few others.

Q: What is your favorite engine in your collection?
A: My 3/4 HP Ideal lawn mower engine, mainly because it was my first hit-and-miss engine as well as my first big project.