| November/December 1979

The steady rise in the number of antique engine shows in the past ten years is reflected in answers to a questionnaire aimed at helping exhibitors. The questionnaire was sent out by Robert L. Lutz of Arlington, Virginia; and Donald W. Land of Levels, West Virginia. The two gathered the data for a proposed directory which would be slated for collectors and exhibitors and made figures available to this magazine.

Their quest followed an article by Preston Foster in GEM's issue of September-October, 1978. Foster, in an 'Open Letter to the Editor', aired a number of complaints in an effort to persuade those who hold the shows and similar events to give a better break to those who take part.

Lutz and Land asked a lot of questions in letters to over 300 show officials. They received 107 responses. They felt they needed 250 answers to make it worth issuing the kind of directory they envisioned. They have dropped it for 1979, but may try again for 1980. Meanwhile, here are some of the answers among the 107 responses:

The number of shows rose dramatically in the past decade-Of the 98 listing age, as far back as 31 years, 52 were founded within the past 10 years. We would say that this is indicative of the way the interest is mounting, giving more opportunity to collectors to exhibit.

Here are some of the answers of special interest to those who collect and wish to exhibit:

Exhibitor permitted to tailgate equipment and related items-Yes, 57; No, 12; no response, 26; of the 57 permitting, 14 required being in flea market.