REFLECTIONS

A BRIEF WORD


| July/August 1993



Motsinger Auto Sparker

28/7/9A

We're writing this bit of copy in early May, and by the time it's in your hands, we'll be into the month of June. A few days ago we decided that cold weather was gone for a few months, and spring fever hit us in a big way. So we fired up a couple of engines, just to listen to that same old stack music we've listened to for years. Isn't it interesting that getting some of those exhaust fumes into your system seems to brighten everything up, despite the pollutants, carbon monoxide, soot, and what not that we absorb at the same time?

This month we have a rather short column . . . apparently our readers are feeling much like ye olde Reflector . . . everyone has the spring itch to get out and play with old iron instead of writing about it! Play safely though.

We sincerely doubt that anyone actually in the engine building business ever dreamed that any of this old iron would be preserved, much less cherished and pampered. It wasn't intended that way . . . our old iron was intended to make life easier, and in the past few years, it's finally getting the recognition it deserves. How many things can you think of that have more profoundly changed our society than the internal combustion engine? Except for the printing press and movable type, we can think of few other things. While steam power remains as the major prime mover in very large applications, steam was king for only a relatively short time in agriculture and commerce. Either steam or gas power was needed for most electrical applications, particularly on the midwestern plains. Hydroelectric power by itself would, we suggest, never have brought about the socioeconomic changes that have been wrought because of, or as a consequence of, the internal combustion engine. Do we look at our hobby as a cause celebre? Yes, we do!

Our questions and comments this month begin with:

28/7/1 Patent Copies

Regarding recent comments about U. S. Patents, we thank Bruce Hall, Rt. 90, King Ferry, NY 13081 for the following information: