Young Iron: Brent Haldeman

| June 2009

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    Brent Haldeman with his Sparta Economy.

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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.

Brent Haldeman
Age: 26
Location: Palm, PA

Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?
A: About eight years. And it all started with a 1928 Stover Model KA 2 HP. Then I got bit by the engine bug!

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?
A: I have been working on tractors and cars from the time I could ride a bike. My entire family works on cars at our family business. So my natural interest for engines is what attracted me to the hobby.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?
A: As of right now it’s just my dad and I. But I hope my daughter gains interest in the hobby as well. She is 5 years old.

Q: How many engines do you have in your collection? 
A: Well, we have 25 engines in our collection. The unusual one is a circa-1910 Westinghouse light plant that was used for charging batteries in the old farm houses. It looks like a Delco light plant but it’s twice as big! And twice as heavy!


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