Young Iron: Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith shares about his lifelong interest in gas engines, and old iron in general.

| December/January 2015

  • Jacob Smith
    Jacob Smith is a gas engine collector through and through. He's been collecting since he was seven years old.
    Photo courtesy Jacob Smith
  • Jacob Smith and 1969 Sears Suburban 12 garden tractor
    At age 13 Jacob has a budding collection of six engines and tractors.
    Photo courtesy Jacob Smith

  • Jacob Smith
  • Jacob Smith and 1969 Sears Suburban 12 garden tractor

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 got my first engine 6 years ago. I started to really get serious about it 4 years ago and my collection has been growing since then.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?



A. Engines always interested me. My mom would take me to local festivals and fairs where the local engine clubs had their displays. It was during that time that I met Ben & David Sonnon, brothers who are local engine and tractor collectors. They have taken me under their wing and really taught me a lot about engines and how to fix and restore them.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?



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