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If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand
times: The best part of the old iron hobby is the people you meet.
The collectibles are the obvious draw, but people are the heart and
soul of the hobby. Maybe that’s why more than 1,300 antique farm
equipment events will be held in the U.S. this year: We just enjoy
getting together.

Think about it: How many rare tractors would you hunt down if
you didn’t have a network of collector buddies to share the
experience with? How far would you get with that engine restoration
if it weren’t for friends who offered advice? How much fun would it
be to toast a finished project or a great find by yourself? It’s
the connections we make that bring old iron to life.

That’s why I think you’ll find the new and improved Farm
website a great way to broaden your connections to
the hobby. For starters, it offers three resources in one: type in, and you’ll land at the
Farm Collector site. Once there, you can easily shift
gears – just one click of the mouse – and access the Gas Engine
site or, a site
for the steam community.

Why visit the website? Think of it as a way to get more involved
with Farm Collector, and a community of friends who enjoy
old iron. Maybe you’d like to post a photo from your club’s show or
a shot of your most recent project on the Farm Collector
CU (as in “see you“) Gallery. Maybe you want to
watch a video from Farm Collector‘s YouTube index. Read a
blog (a short posting) from a Farm Collector staff member
or contributor. (Interested in writing a blog? We’d love to
hear from you! Contact me at the e-mail address below)
. Check
out articles from our archives, see if you can answer collectors’
questions, join our Editorial Advisory Group and give us your two
cents’ worth … there’s plenty to do – and every bit of it connects
you to the people in this hobby.

Grab your coffee, pull up a chair and join us in this virtual
community: It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s full of the things and
the people you enjoy. We’ll be looking for you!

Leslie McManus, Editor


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