24110 U.S. Highway 40, Golden, Colorado 80401
I am compiling a list of hot air engine owners, which is
becoming a ‘network’ as I help get people together who want
to exchange letters, old advertising, help on parts, and even
videotapes of their engines. This picture is of my
‘Caloric,’ my restoration project for the winter of 90-9 It
was found on a Delaware, Ohio farm that was to be razed for a
development. The engine is now fully restored and runs very well.
It was shown all of last summer season with much fun involved.
There is a hot air engine exhibitors National Meet to be held in
Clay Center, Nebraska next September 12 and 13, 1992 as part of the
Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Yearly Engine and Tractor Show.
Set-up day will be Friday, September 11 or upon arrival.
We expect the ‘major players’ (owners of unusual or rare
hot air engines) to bring together around 10-12 different types of
hot air engines, plus hot air fans and models, in one place. There
will, of course, be duplicates of the more common hot air engines.
(Are any hot air engines ‘common’?)
All engines are expected to be in running condition, and because
of that, museum curators are expected to also be in attendance to
document the exhibit, via photo and video. As far as I know (and I
would like to be corrected) this type of assemblage has never been
attempted before in the USA. At least, not of antique hot air
I attended last year’s show at Clay Center, and I had been
told it was a rather ‘small’ show. I was surprised to see
that there were about 200 plus tractors, and around 190 gas
engines. I don’t call that ‘small’, but it was the
‘small-town’ friendliness and atmosphere that I most
noticed over the next couple of days. I find a lot of excitement
and encouragement on the part of the members of the Old Trusty
Antique & Collectors Association.
So, all is set and we will hope for nice weather next September.
As hot air engine exhibitors’ get together, we are going to
keep it, as much as possible, a simple meet without a lot of red
tape. We do not expect huge crowds, only around 50 to 75