Young Iron: John Ridings

All in the family

| May 2009

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Take a quick glance at the exhibitors and attendees at gas engine shows, and it’s easy to think that this is an older person’s hobby. But take a closer look and you’ll find a growing number of younger enthusiasts. You'll meet them in Young Iron.

Name: John Ridings
Age: 30
Location: Darlington, PA

Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A: About 10 years.

Q: How many engines do you have in your collection?
 I have four engines: a 6 HP IHC M, 2 HP Ohio Engine Co., 1-1/2 HP Ideal and a 6 HP vertical Bessemer.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?
 My dad.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?
 I think engines are interesting and I had lot of friends who collected engines.

Q: What’s your favorite engine in your collection?
 The 2 HP Ohio Engine Co.