Show and Tell

Little Kids, Big Kids and Old Engines

| August/September 2003

Eager eyes take in the details of Tommy Turner's scale Otto-Langen atmospheric engine at 'Lincoln Tucker's Show & Tell' at North side Elementary in Midway, Ky. Members of the old iron community converged on the school for a special event May 2, 2003. The second day of the event gave members of the local community a chance to see what it was all about. Eli Bowman made up the smart plaques (right) for event participants.

On May 2, 2003, 19 members of the Stationary Engine List teamed together to help 10-year-old Lincoln Tucker pull off what must have been one of the most impressive show-and-tell exhibits ever held at a public school in the U.S.

Hauling their equipment in from eight states, List members assembled a selection of engines and equipment to rival any small show -all for the benefit of the students of North side Elementary in Midway, Ky.

Lincoln Tucker gives his show-and-tell all to students of North side Elementary at Station 1, which he shared with Dave Rotigel and Dave's 16 HP Galloway, the largest engine at the event.


Lincoln Tucker is no stranger to the old iron community. His dad, Mike Tucker, has been collecting engines for the past seven years or so, and Lincoln's accompanied Mike to more than a few shows over the intervening years. Not surprisingly, the engine bug has taken hold of Lincoln.

Lincoln's first engine, a 1954 Briggs & Stratton 5S, was a Christmas present from his grandfather. A 1929 Maytag 92 followed the Briggs, and last year at Portland Lincoln got his first stationary engine, a MacLeod-badged 1- HP Nelson Bros. TA4.

11/9/2017 1:41:08 PM

The passing of Dave Rotigel (11/10/1937 - 11/06/2017), aka "Evil Dave" and numerous other monikers, has brought many fond memories to many of us who either are, or at least used to be, involved in antique engine collecting here in the Midwest. This article, covering an event from May 02, 2003, brings back so many great thoughts to me, and also pays homage to Dave. Thank you to Gas Engine Magazine for the article, and for having online access to it yet today.