A Brief Word

| July/August 1997

While assembling our newest book, American Farm Implements, to be published this fall (we hope), we came across some unusual engines to share with you. Since we published American Gas Engines some years ago, numerous engines have appeared in the interim, and although we have plans to publish our findings, the new implement book will be taken up with corn shellers, ensilage cutters, windmills, washing machines, and dozens of other items. Thus, it seems to us that sharing some of these things with you through our monthly column is in order.

Another project on the horizon is our Gas Engine Handbook, but we find that there are only 24 hours in a day, and half of that is spent resting, eating, and sleeping. Please be patient, we're working on it.

Continuing also this month is our report on the trip to Australia. Frankly, it was a trip to be experienced; it's virtually impossible to convey our thoughts on this trip. Hopefully though, we'll be going back again, and eventually we'll try to assemble another tour to that far-off country with all its wonderful attributes.

As we may have noted previously, engine rallies there have the engines enclosed in woven wire to keep EVERYONE out except for the exhibitors. The folks in Australia are very safety conscious, and the entire country is very environmentally conscious.

We're also working hard to get everything together for the 1998 tour to Germany and Austria. Since talking to you last month we've made some changes, hopefully for the better. We think you'll like our itinerary. It combines a lot of nice exhibits, museums, local ambiance, and scenery. At this point it looks like a June 17 departure date from Chicago, New York, and other points, and flying into Zurich, with a return two weeks later from Frankfurt. The optional one-week extension we're working on will go to the north of Germany (farming country) up to Bremen, Bremer haven, L beck, and other points before departing from Hamburg.

The trip to Australia was truly the trip of a lifetime! However, on a sad note, one of our party, Mrs. Harold (Doris) Puckett of Buford, Georgia, passed away shortly after returning home. She had gone into the hospital for some routine tests, and while there, died on April 19 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Harold and Doris have been with us on several of our tours, and she was always a delight, sometimes coming out with witticisms when least expected. Her passing is certainly a reminder that this life is only temporary.