So where does a tech-savvy midwestern designer go every September? To the engine show, of course. After all, this is farm country.
Much like a county fair (where all the exhibitors and vendors set up in exactly the same place year after year), it's a combination swap meet and collector's exhibit.
Far removed from the technology-obsessed cities across the country, this show features 20th century tech in the form of hit-and-miss engines, tractors (vintage of course) and all the John Deere paraphernalia you want at reasonable prices.
My favorite: the "slightly modified garden tractor," with 16 engines. Top that, Jesse James or Orange County Choppers. Designed to impress to say the least. Well, if you're into that sort of thing.