Reflections

A BRIEF WORD


| July/August 1989



Galloway engine.

24/7/4. Galloway engine.

Norman Brockelsby

Occasionally, a situation arises which we feel compelled to address. We realize that you are probably tired of hearing us harp about safety at our shows, but then, hardly a season goes by in which some injuries do not occur. So, we'll probably keep on harping about it, in the hope that our admonitions might bring 'an ounce of prevention.'

This month however, we wish to bring up another issue-that of courtesy, common sense, and hospitality.

Recently we heard from a reader very upset about being refused permission to display an engine at a show. We are unsure of the rules in effect at the time, but we do know that this was a vintage engine-not something built in the last few years.

This writer is of the opinion that all shows and exhibitions should be operated with the bare minimum of rules. We can't imagine anyone objecting to safe operation of their equipment, roping off the actual exhibit with twine, and similar activities. On the other hand, it seems that we move from the sublime to the ridiculous when we become too restrictive in organizing our shows.

Over the years, we've seen a lot of rules-not running engines on Sun-day forenoon, requiring exhibitors to operate during specified days and hours of the show, and some years ago, a suggestion was made to this writer that engine shows should be limited to a respresentative model from each company-one John Deere, one Stover, one Witte, and so on. It is fortunate that this idea didn't catch on.

The gas engine and tractor hobby is unique in many respects, but one of our best assets is the great outpouring of hospitality to all comers, regardless of whether they have a single Maytag or a 15 horsepower Worthington, and whether it is a veteran collector with a couple hundred engines, or 'the new kid on the block' who has one or two engines, has never been to a show, and doesn't know anyone except perhaps a traveling companion. Ye olde Reflector contends that if we are serious about perpetuating our hobby, then we indeed must welcome everyone who comes, regard less of whether their 1? HP John Deere makes the thirty-ninth one on the grounds. To that particular exhibitor, the many hours of work, and the pride in having a role in the preservation of our mechanical past-these factors alone would suffice!