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We'll be looking for you!

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 Collector 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 Magazine 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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Title Annotation:First Things
Author:McManus, Leslie
Publication:Farm Collector
Date:May 1, 2009
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