Kent Steam and Classic Vehicle Rally 2005
Once again this was an excellent Rally and the weather managed to clear from pouring rain on Friday to sunny and reasonably warm on Saturday and Sunday however we did not leave until Monday by which time the rain came down again. Again this year the rally was host to the "Southern Jaguar Weekend" so there were plenty of "Jags" around.
Again, there was probably the biggest turnout of Classic cars and Bikes I have seen this year with plenty of really old classics, some old Campervans, buses, coaches Steam, Military as well as a large number of stalls including a huge Autojumble.
There were 86 Engines booked in and a terrific range, some of which are below. I make no excuses at the number of Amancos I photographed, it was just that there were a lot there.
|My 1923 2.25hp Amanco "Hired Man" driving a Lister H1 pump.||This is a 1932 Closed Crank 2.5hp Amanco driving a mechanical Hacksaw. These engines were made under license by the Bradford Gas Engine company of Shipley. This engie was exhibited by Mrs V Kemsley.||Another Amanco, this time a 1924 2.5hp Hired Man driving a "Pulsometer" Pump. This was owned by Lawrie and Brenda Hammond from Swanscombe.||Another "Hired man" but this is a 1916
model, in its "working clothes" driving a Godwin pump. This is owned by
Andrew Gisby from Herne Bay.
|Yet another, this is a 1916 Amanco "3 Mule Team" again owned by Andrew Gisby.||An Amanco 1.75hp "Choreboy" owned by Lawrie Arthur from Abbey Wood.||Another closed crank model made in 1925. This 2hp engine is owned by D Harn from Tunbridge Wells.||Another "3 Mule Team", this one was driving an Amanco pump and owned by L Lambert from Strood.|
|Last Amanco is this early "Hired Man" however there was no information or number displayed.||This is a 1919 Allan Brothers model ED and weighs 2.75 Tons. It is a 19hp paraffin hotbulb engine owned by P Mastrocola from Rainham.||This unusual French 1925 3.5hp Moteur Conord was displayed by C Harthorn from Sittingbourne.||This is a very nice 1936 Fowler PA 1.5hp engine driving an Argosy pump owned by John Searles from Maldon.|
|A very nice little 1930 1.24hp Hartop pumping set owned by John Southall from Willisham.||A superb 1924 1.5hp American Hercules owned by D Vickerstaff from Caterham||A very nice little 1945 J.A.P. 2A driving a Market Garden Greenhouse Sprayer Pump owned by R Woodrow from Tunbridge Wells.||Not often seen on the Rally field is this 1951 5hp Lister B, another engine in its "working clothes". This is owned by Colin Spence from Sittingbourne.|
|My favourite Diesel is this 1937 Lister CS 3/1 3hp model driving a Bentall Grinding Mill owned by D Aldridge from Rochester.||This is a 1926 3hp Hopper cooled Petter M driving an Albion Chaff cutter owned by J Aldridge from Gravesend.||A 1945 1.5hp Ruston-Hornsby PB owned by P Burt from Hunton.||Another Ruston-Hornsby is this 1928 Class OK 3.5hp petrol/paraffin engine owned by Bill Smith.|
|One more Ruston is this 1939 Model 6AP owned by F Rush from Faversham.||A fairly rare engine is this 1924 1.5hp open crank Stewart owned by W Scott from Netherfield.||A nice little 0.75hp 1941 Stuart Turner self start generator set owned by Rob Vince from Ipswich.||Another Stuart Turner is this 1923 P3 2/3 hp driving a 12v dynamo owned by G Scott from Bexhill-on-sea|
|An unusual engine was this 1930 15hp Porn and Dunwoody "Uniporn" Diesel displayed by M Broughton from Hadlow||Nice example of a 1944 1.5hp Villiers driving a generator displayed by R Molyneux from Caterham.||Another Villiers, this a 1959 Mark 10 driving a Vacuum Pump owned by R Woodrow of Tunbridge Wells.||A 1944 1.5hp Wolseley driven Milking set owned by B Fisher from Orpington.|
|Another Wolseley, this is a 1950 1.5hp reverse rotation WD 8 driving a compressor owned by Lawrie and Brenda Hammond.||An earlier 1948 Wolseley WD 11 driving a Danish built RSM Triple Ram Pump owned by George Carey from Tonbridge Kent.||This was a display of Vintage Atco Mowers by J Constable from Riverhead.||A beautifully restored and particularly unusual Atco from J Constable's collection.|
|A very nice 1925 AC Six 2ltr straight six engined car owned by David Wakefield.||This is a 1952 Bond Mini Car, remember them? This fine example is owned by M Burns from Canterbury.||A 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, what a beast.||A very much modified Cobra although I was not sure if it was a kit or not.|
|A lovely example of an MG TD.||Another car that caught my eye out of the hundreds there was this Mustang||A lovely 1929 Rolls Royce "Twenty"||Diggerland were there again and proved popular with the kids. They had to pick up or knock down objects and they thoroughly enjoyed it.|
|This was a superb exhibit, a 1945 Morris GPO Van owned by C Carter of Deal.||And he had all the original kit in the back.||There were a number of Vintage Dormobiles, this is a 1970 Motor Caravan owned by Dave Eckett.||A huge display of Vintage Motorcycles.|
|One of my favourites, a 1961 500cc BSA Gold Star owned by R Fryer from Rochester.||And a 1934 250cc Racing Rudge that regularly took part in the Isle of Man "Lightweight"TT.||Remember these? A 1949 200cc Velocette LE Police Bike owned by R Brown from Whitstable.||As usual, there was a large display of Buses and Coaches.|