Aldham Olde Tyme Rallye 2008
The Aldham Old Tyme Rally weather is somewhat legendary and this year was no exception. Setting up on Friday was OK but later that evening the heavens opened and come Saturday morning it was non stop until around 11:30 when we ran our Engines for about 10 mins but the rain started again and set in for the rest of the day.
The problem was of course the Public Car park and despite the rain there was a surprising number of general public so some of the guys were kept busy all day towing people on and off the car park.
Once again there were a large number of exhibitors although I felt the Military presence was not so great this Year.
The auction on Saturday afternoon had an enormous number of lots although once again nothing took my fancy but it all appeared to get sold.
Once again our hosts the North East Essex Tractor & Engine Club and the Earls Colne Scout and Guide Group held a well organised and enjoyable Rally.
As usual, there was a good variety of engines, a few of which are below along with a few other exhibits which caught my eye.
|Here is a 1917 2.25hp Amanco Petrol Paraffin "Hired Man" driving a Lister H2 pump owned by Adam Munson from Stanway.||Another Amanco "Hired Man", this time a 1922 Hit-n-Miss model driving an unusual Essex Pump. owned by F Moule from Southend.||This is a 1944 Bamford EV1 driving a Blake Pump with an interesting Beer theme. This is owned by Tony O'Sullivan from S W/ham Ferrers.||A lovely example of a 1929 5 hp French Bernard W2 owned by G Reed from Rayleigh.|
|The first of a number of Listers that caught my eye, this is a 1955 1.5hp Lister D driving twin Sheep Shearing Cutters. This is owned by Arthur Catling from Westerfield.||Another Lister, is this 1926 3hp Tank cooled Lister A driving a Water Pump owned by Lee Chapman of Braintree.||Another "D", this time driving a Lister H2 High pressure pump used for spraying insecticide on trees in orchards. This is owned by Mark Earey from Gt Yeldham.||This is a very early Lister, a 1929 Model L owned by D Ollet from East Hanningfield.|
|Another interesting Exhibit was this 1954 Rad cooled Lister D 900 watt generating set owned by Rob Ruffell from Harwich.||The last of the Listers that caught my eye was this Tank cooled "D" close coupled to a Sykes Pump. I don't have any more information on this nice exhibit.||My 1934 1.5hp Tank cooled Petter M driving a 1942 WW11 35 Volt Generator made by Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto Ltd.||A very rare engine is this 1923 4hp Ransomes "Wizard" built by Ransomes Simms & Jeffries in Ipswich. owned by C Armour from Whatfield.|
|This is a 1937 1.5hp Ruston Hornsby PB driving a rotary Water Pump owned by D Pettican from Saffron walden..||A 1935 2.5hp Witte Drag Saw Engine owned by J Holdway from Alpheton||This is a 1943 1.5hp Wolseley WD also owned by D Pettican from Saffron Walden.||A Large number of Vintage Motorcycles were on display|
|And a huge number of rare Classic Cars, this is a 1941 Cadillac||This was a fascinating restoration of a Berkeley Caravette Mk 11, this was originally made to go behind their 1950s Sports Cars. Here, it is towed by a VW "Beetle"||One of my all time favourite American Cars is this Thunderbird Town Landeau.||Unfortunately, due to the conditions, the Steamers were confined to one place where the ground was not too boggy.|
|Now which is it, The JCB pulling John Southall's VW Van out of the mud, or John pulling the JCB???|
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