Collections all start somewhere. More often than not, they start long before the collector ever realizes a passion will someday turn to a collection. For Amos, that passion was sparked at a young age when he found his connection to lawn tractors and riding mowers.
“I just got into it. You know? Many years ago,” Amos says. “I’m down to about 27 or 28 of them now. I bet you I must have had 40 or 50 of them easy at one time. And I get rid of them and it just kills me.”
“When I was like eight, nine years old, my father ran the town dump,” Amos explains. “It was an old landfill, not like today with a dumpster. We buried everything in the ground. Well, there was an old tractor like that little Craftsman out front. Me and my brother were up there on the hill and we got the damn thing running, and we just started towing all the scrap metal down to my father’s pile, down where you came into the landfill. And ever since then, I’ve had a tractor. I just love them. I don’t know.”
“All the motors are in the garage here from the ones I don’t drive around on, which is very few of them,” he continues. “Most of them run. And you know, that’s just the way it is. It’s something I like doing.”