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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Farm Tractors, 1975-1995
ISBN: 0929355687

Amer. Soc.of Agricultural Eng. 1996

Join Big Bud, A-C, Ford, Deere, and all the others for a memorable journey through recent tractor history. Gay moves chronologically through each model year noting changes in models, financial situations, Nebraska Tractor Test results, and provides charts which summarize each brands model history.

A Guide to Hart-Parr, Oliver and White Farm Tractors 1901-1996
ISBN: 0929355873

Amer. Soc.of Agricultural Eng. 1997

Curious about Hart-Parr, Oliver or White tractors? Follow the amazing history of Hart-Parr, from the beginning with the building of the first gasoline traction engine through the merger which created the Oliver Farm Equipment Company in 1929, and then the purchase of that company by White Motor Company in 1960. Watch the tractor line evolve with each turn of a page. Appendix provides Nebraska Tractor Test results and serial numbers.



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