This GREAT Hobby

| November/December 1994

20130 128th Ave. SE Kent, Washington 98031, Branch #20

I would like to say that the people are what make the difference in this hobby, not the color of an engine or tractor, not the age or design. And I think many people have lost sight of our ultimate goal! Exposure and sharing with others, young and old. After all, who is going to carry on this hobby after more generations of experienced people pass on?

We all know that our schools don't pass on the know-how and interest in the mechanical past like they used to. And yes, I know that computer monitors and keyboards are popular these days, but how can you go forward if you don't know where you have been? What do most of our kids know today? Well to start, I guess they all know how to turn on the TV. But what about the lawn mower?

Kids today don't see smoke from exhaust pipes of old tractors and gas engines. It seems smoke from crack pipes is what they see! These kids have no interest in learning how to fix cracks, only how to steal to buy crack! Come on, people, we all have to care a lot more about exposing our hobby to the younger kids. If their parents don't care about teaching them something fun, then those of us who work hard to make this hobby great will just have to put out a little extra effort to be seen by others!

Have any of you gone to the, local high school shop class teacher with your pictures or engines and tried to set up a time when you can show your shining gold to those kids? Just think, how easy that would really be! Then leave information about your club and hobby with the teacher to pass along to the kids which will in turn be passed along to their dads, and just maybe, at the next show, one of those new onlookers would say 'thank you,' for exposing them to this great hobby. Sounds good, doesn't it?

May be even donate one of those old unrestored engines to the high school shop. It may even be tax deductible. I guess when it comes down to who will carry on this great hobby in the next twenty or thirty years, don't just assume that everyone in your younger, immediate family will want your old cast iron. You may be surprised to find out it doesn't mean as much to them as it does to you!