Cyberspace and Old Iron


| June/July 1997



Dan Rotigel

Picture # 1: from left, Bill Tremel III, Bill Tremel Jr., Dan Rotigel, Jim O'Bara, DJ Rotigel, John Nicole, Matt Picaro, Charlie Bryant, Jim Noack and Ed Roberts.

RD #4, Box 143 Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601 http://www.iup.edu/~xddc/

For most of us who love, collect and restore 'old iron,' computers and 'cyberspace' are about the furthest things from our minds when we are devoting time to our toys. For a small group of us, however, our computer and the Internet are among the first things we think of when we confront a problem with restoration, discover a treasure in an old barn, or think about attending a show for the first time.

Lots of people are familiar with the term 'Internet.' Within the past several years two very interesting list serves have appeared out there in cyberspace. (For those of you as ignorant about 'the Net' as I was until recently, a 'list serve' is a mailing list on a computer that you can write (i.e. post) to, and receive electronic mail (i.e. posts) from. What you write can be read by everyone on the list and in turn you are able to read whatever any other list member 'posts' to the list.) One of these lists is devoted to stationary engines, the other to antique farm tractors.

In May of 1996, Charlie Bryant (one of the more active and knowledgeable guys on the stationary engine list) and I discussed, on the list, attending the Cool spring Show on June 14-16, 1996. Others on the list, after reading our posts, indicated that they also might attend the show. At that point Charlie and I decided that a Cool spring Engine List 'get together' was called for, so we started making our plans.

As planning continued, more and more of the folks on the list indicated that they would be attending the Cool spring Show. It was decided that we would meet at my 9 HP Gallowayan engine that I had purchased over the Internet in April from Joe Kelley in Maine but that's another story! In all, 18 guys from the stationary engine list showed up at the show. Many are shown in picture #1. (Among those who were there, but are not pictured, were Harry Matthews and his wife Jeannie, and Craig Prucha.)

4.Tractor and engine guys: from left, Brice Adams,. Jeff Smith, Jim Thomson, Steve Offiler, Jim Poole, Charlie Bryant, Jim O'Bara, Barry Gunn, Dan Rotigel, Dave Rotigel. Second row: George Wilier, Dale Arnold, Marshall Heckman, Steve Simpson, Herbert Metz, Andy Lowry, Spencer Yost (on tractor on the right), Steve Sewell (on tractor in back), Hank Wessel (on JD in middle), Dean Vinson (behind Hank's JD in desert hat).