REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word


| December/January 1997



Unidentified Engine

32/12/4A

Roger Suhr

With this issue we close out 32 years of GEM! It doesn't seem that long ago that the late Elmer Ritzman came out with the first issue of Gas Engine Magazine. At the time it was a thin little thing, but it concentrated on gas engines and tractors, and was the first such magazine to do so exclusively. Things have changed a lot since then; we well remember that in those days one could buy a real nice sideshaft engine of say, 6 or 8 horsepower, for $200 or less, even though at the time that seemed like quite a lot of money. About that time ye olde Reflector bought a very nice 9 HP Galloway engine for $32 on an auction, and worried all the way home of having paid too much!!!

Per the last issue of GEM, see our ad for the 1998 Germany-Austria-Holland tour. We've already gotten quite a few reservations, and as noted previously, we're taking a maximum of two coaches, or about 80 people. For those who were on our 1995 European tour, the 1998 tour will have few similarities. We'll fly into Zurich and make our way to the Rhine Falls area, namely the little town of Sthlingen where we'll be guests of Roland Porten and his wonderful engine and tractor collection. On the latter part of the tour we may be visiting Wim van Schayik's wonderful tractor and engine museum at Langen-boom in the Netherlands. Aside from these two stops the 1998 tour will be entirely different. We're already at work building some surprise stops into the itinerary, and in many ways, we think this is the best tour we've ever organized. The HMT, at the final leg of the tour, is Europe's premiere engine and tractor show, and will close out our journeys on a high note. If you're so inclined, kindly contact us at the address shown in our advertisement from the last issue of GEM.

We're pleased to tell you that our new book, Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements, is now on the market. Due to delays at the printer it did not arrive in early September as hoped, and when it did, a technical problem with bar coding on the back of the book necessitated the printing and affixing of a new bar code label for each and every book. This further slowed the process, but in the last few days of September our first shipment arrived.

Advance orders for our new implement book have vindicated our contention that collecting and restoring farm implements will be our next collecting wave. Farm tractors are pretty well bought up by collectors at this point, as are most of the gas engines. In many instances engines and tractors have become pretty pricey, leaving many enthusiasts in the cold. As yet, most implements have not become terribly expensive to buy and restore. Many seasoned collectors are now looking for implements to match their tractor, or small belt-powered machines to go with their engines.

Public thanks is long overdue to Richard Sabol, 1 Piscataqua Road, Dover, NH 03820. His advertisements have appeared in GEM. Mr. Sabol is an illustrator, and many of his beautiful drawings have appeared on t-shirts and other items. Some time ago, Mr. Sabol favored us with some of his pencil drawings depicting various farm scenes . . . they now occupy a place of prominence on the walls of our office!

Many thanks to the thousands of folks who stopped by our booth at the recent Midwest Old Threshers Reunion! It's always a pleasure to meet everyone, and hopefully, we can respond to everyone who leaves a question with us.