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General Information

Name:  Larry Gay  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Iowa

-- Larry Gay on WorldCat --

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

A tractor goes farming /
ISBN: 0929355687. OCLC Number:

American Society of Agricultural Engineers,. St. Joseph, Mich. :. ©1995.

Tractor and implement use on farms throughout the year is given in photos and simple text.

A guide to Hart-Parr, Oliver, and White farm tractors, 1901-1996 /
ISBN: 0929355873. OCLC Number:

American Society of Agricultural Engineers,. St. Joseph, Mich. :. ©1997.

A history, accompanied by many illustrations, of the Hart-Parr, Oliver, and White farm tractors from 1901 to 1996. Includes a chart of Nebraska Tractor Test results, from 1920-1996, a chart of serial numbers, and more.



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