Larry Gay

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General Information

Name: Larry Gay

Pen Name: None

Born: in Iowa

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Illinois Connection

Gay lives in Geneseo, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Larry Gay is a tractor historian and author. He developed a love for agriculture and a fascination for farm machinery while growing up on an Iowa farm. After receiving his degree in Agricultural Engineering, he worked for Deere & Company for 35 years as a product engineer in two factories and then as Manager of Engineering for John Deere Merchandise. As a long-time collector of farm equipment sales literature and toy tractors, it was an easy transition to start a second career by writing books about farm tractors.

Larry Gay was inducted to the 2010 class of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellows for outstanding contributions to engineering management and product equipment design compatible with the "new-generation" tractor design and for his thorough research and documentation of farm tractors and agricultural equipment industry history. Gay retired from John Deere in 1992 after a 35-year engineering career.

Larry Gay is also the author of the “Machinery Milestones” articles in Heritage Iron magazine

Published Works

  • Farm Tractors 1975-1995, American Society of Agricultural Engineering, 1995
  • A Guide to Hart-Parr, Oliver and White Farm Tractors 1902-1996, Technical Publications Services, Ltd., 1997
  • A Guide to Ford, Fordson, and New Holland Tractors 1907-1999, American Society of Agricultural Engineering, 1999

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Farm Tractors, 1975-1995

ISBN: 0929355687
Release Date: 1996-03-10

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A Guide to Hart-Parr, Oliver and White Farm Tractors 1901-1996

ISBN: 0929355873
Release Date: 1997-11-01

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Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Larry Gay on WorldCat

Larry Gay on Amazon


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