| September/October 1976

Rotary Engine

In the past several years the public has been introduced to a seemingly new concept in engine power - The Rotary Engine. The Rotary is no youngster, however, and has been on the scene for almost 60 years. Its major flaw seems to have been that it arrived before its time. An innovation too radical to be taken seriously. The Rotary concept was worked on by many, but it was Benjamin F. Augustine who built the first practical engine. A company was formed to manufacture the Rotary. One of our subscribers, William C. Luss, 44-50 S. Buffalo St., Hamburg, New York 14075, once worked for the Augustine Automatic Rotary Engine Company. He submitted a catalog for our use in this article. As for what happened to the Augustine Company, perhaps the letter from Mr. Luss sums it up best:

Enclosed is the catalog I mentioned to you some time ago. I hope you will find it interesting, as I worked for this company many years ago. This company went on the rocks because they could not get financial backing, because it was thought that the inventor was crazy.

There were several of these engines built for both gasoline and steam and they worked very well as shown in some of the pictures in the catalog.

Mr. Ben Augustine was a fine man to work for and was very good to his employees. A lot more could be said about this firm, but the catalog can tell the story much better than I can.

Please do not lose it because I don't think there is another catalog like it anywhere around.'

The New Power Producer

There has been a growing realization among the many manufacturers of engines that a Rotary Engine would be the most successful if one could be designed that would work and show economy. Thousands of unsuccessful attempts have been made by the world's greatest geniuses and millions of dollars have been spent.