Old Engines Own the Nicest People

| November/December 1997

11 Haverhill Road, PO. Box 1 Chester, New Hampshire 03036-0001

May's issue of GEM arrived in the morning's mail and it wasn't long before I had retired to the overstuffed chair to begin my monthly ritual of reading it cover to cover! My wife says that I study each issue rather than read them and I guess that is probably closer to the truth.

Low and behold, well into the advertisement/auction section, I spot it, what appears to be a rather large auction of gas engines and machinery in Illinois. Now Illinois is halfway across the country and there is only one engine that has caught my interest out of the question don't give up just yet.

Three names and phone numbers are listed as contacts for the sale. Eeni-meeni-minee-moe. Let's try this name.

'Hello, Mr. Ronald Loos, my name is Kevin Scott and I'm, interested in an engine in your up-coming auction. Yes, I do have some questions, and a picture would be a lot of help, too. You would? A couple of days? Boy, that would be great. Thanks very much. I'll be watching the mail.'

Less than one week went by and Ron's letter and photos arrived. Now, here's the problem. This is definitely an engine that I would like to add to my collection. Chester, New Hampshire to Marine, Illinois is about 3,000 miles and five days round trip and I can't get the time off even if I could justify the expense. What to do? It seemed like a return letter to Ron was in order. After all, he did seem very nice on the phone.