19 years ago
It's always going to be a problem, satisfying the more informed and engineering oriented of the hobby, who really want to see something 'interesting' rather than air-cooled 'lawn mower engines'.
We have a couple of tiddlers, a Suffolk Punch and another one which No2 son plays with. More importantly perhaps is the fact that he 'can' play with the little recoil started air-cooled which will interest him for some time, against the 'nicer/better' engines which are all around him. He is nearly 30yrs so no kid.
I have to admit to walking past most air-cooled stuff, (except for New Way engines, Arthur!) as I have been there and done that and have gone forward to bigger and better (and much heavier) things.
As long as I have transport and storage facilities for the larger stuff, I will keep them in preference to the lightweight air-cooled stuff (although the Lister VA is about 13cwt!)
That said, I have had many conversations with people showing smaller stuff, and most of the guys are genuinely showing a working exhibit and will talk to you when approached. Sadly this is a declining state of affairs as the non-running lawn mower engine is beginning to become a pest rather than an interest.
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