Essex Country Show 2007
Barleylands Farm Museum Billericay Essex
A superb Rally as usual, this was the 21 Anniversary. Once again there really was something for everyone, there were 114 engines booked in this year and again, there was a wide variety including quite a number not normally seen at other Rallies we attend.
The layout of the Rally changed in a few areas which was quite refreshing as some Rallies you can predict exactly where everything will be year on year. Don't get me wrong, there is no point in changing the layout if it obviously works so I am a great believer in "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," especially with smaller Rallies which do not have that much room to play with. I think most people thought the changes were good, I guess feedback from exhibitors will tell.
There was, once more a lot to see, more than a day is required if you want to see everything properly. A huge number of working displays including Steam ploughing and road making, wood sawing, Heavy Horses, a very large entry of Steam Engines plus a lot more actually working including the huge ploughing engines. There was the usual large number of stalls and lots of entertainment in the ring although not, in my opinion as much as last year.
Once again there was tractor pulling going on both days and if you have never seen a 1000 hp tractor or one with a Merlin engine then this is not to be missed
In my opinion this Rally is still, the biggest and best in East Anglia.
|Here we have a 1923 3.5hp Amanco Petrol/Paraffin engine driving a 1919 Climax No 2 Pump owned by Paul Arlidge from Maldon.||Another Amanco, this is a 1922 2.25hp "Hired Man" driving an Essex Water Pump owned by F Moule from Southend.||This is an 1921 Austin Auto Plant generating Set owned by K Jones from Hawkwell.||A 1927 5/6hp Bamford Petrol/Paraffin Engine on a trolley but mounted in a trailer driving a number of small implements including a sectioned Engine, this is Owned by D Smith from High Easter.|
|This is a 1930 2.5hp Bamford "Tulip Top" owned by Jeff Riggs from Welling.||Here is a 1919 1.5- 2.5hp Bentall Pioneer in its "Working Clothes" driving a Bentall Roller Mill owned by J Cornwell from Sth Woodham Ferrers.||This is a 5hp Bernard W2 made in France around 1929/30 weird looking Engine.||A very rare 1914 1.5hp Vertical Blackstone screen cooled Engine owned by Jenny Jefferies from Ifield.|
|An unusual Engine is this American air cooled 1.5hp Brownwall which was built in 1912 owned by M Duke from Somerset.||A 1927 2hp Fairbanks Morse driving a Roll Mill built by E,R & F Turner Ltd of Ipswich. Owned by R Jones from Kings Lynne.||I displayed my Fuller and Johnson at the Show and have not seen another the same until now. It is a 1929 Model NC owned by I Rogers from Spalding.||Another Fuller and Johnson, this a a 1925 1.5hp Model N owned by A Bergin from Dartford.|
|Here is a circa 1909 5hp Galloway looking very original, this is owned by D Culley from Wroxham.||This is an unusual 1927 1.25hp Horizontal Hartop Model AV owned by Richard Trill from Boxhill.||A nice Milking display with a 1929 Lister D driving Fullwood Vacuum pump milking equipment owned by R Wilcox from Brentwood.||This is a nicely restored 1944 Lister D driving a Climax Pump owned by A Gell from Dagenham on his first Rally.|
|Another Lister D, this is a 1937 "DK" Petrol Paraffin engine driving a Gosling Deep Well Pump owned by K Jennings from Vange.||A couple of little American Maytags which were used for all sorts of things including Washing Machines. These are owned by Ray Dudley, also from Vange.||Another unusual display is this Newage 5.5Kva Generating Plant driven by a Ford E93A 10hp sidevalve engine. This is owned by Mrs K Jennings from Basildon.||A 1940 8hp Petter "Universal" generator used during WW11. This is owned by Roy Knight from Pilgrims Hatch.|
|A very nice 1938 14hp Ruston & Hornsby Model 2XHR owned by P Mastrocola from Rainham.||Here is another American Engine, a 1909 1.5hp Petrol Paraffin Wiscona Model PEP owned by B long from Beccles.||One of my favourite Showman's Engines is this 1920 Burrell Scenic "No 1"||A Tractor powered by an Aircraft Engine!!! just one of the amazing beasts in the Tractor Pulling competition.|
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