Amador County Fair

| November/December 1975

Publicist P. O. Box 26 Plymouth, CA 95669

R. L. Bottimore tinkering with one of his engines, one of the larger models exhibited at the fair

Someone forgot to tell the bright little mechanical men that they were supposed to be put out to pasture, abandoned to the California sun, black widow nests and the corrosive rust of winter rains.

But there they were, some 200 ancient gasoline engines, whirling, popping and trembling in excited, if seemingly pointless, agitation. They spun and coughed aimlessly, no longer pumping water from Mother Lode gold mines or into San Joaquin Valley irrigation ditches.

The pumping and grinding and baling and sawing that they once did is now being done by more economical and efficient electric motors and modernized engines.

But they continue to spin and sputter and backfire, reeking of gasoline and oil, spitting gray mists of exhaust which nonetheless cannot hide their shiny new coats of orange and blue and green and yellow paint.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.

Facebook YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265