Farm Machinery Preservation Society Vintage Rally 2008
The Rally was held in the Grounds of Long Melford Hall again which offers a beautiful and large setting for all the exhibits.
Again we sited the Stationary engines on the flat ground to the left of the Hall as you face it in front of the trees as last years exhibiters were happy with the location.
The weather this year was a big improvement from last on the Saturday however it deteriorated on Sunday afternoon but most people got off before the heavens opened and gave those who were helping to remove fences etc. a soaking.
This is our local Club's Rally and as last year had a huge range of Military, vintage cars, motorcycles tractors and a large turn out of Steam Engines. Entries of Stationary Engines were up a bit again this year and there was a good variety to interest everyone.
I was pleased to see what I thought was a large turnout of the Public but overall I am afraid the numbers were down on what we hoped for. I would like to thank the Stationary Engine and Motorcycle exhibitors for their donations to the MacMillan Nurses.
Here are some of the sights around the Rally.
|This is a large Bamford driving a pretty big Generator, unfortunately I have no further details.||An unusual 1928 2hp French Bernard driving a L Sequin overhead crank bronze pump owned by Adam Munson from Stanway||Here is a 1927 2 - 2.5hp Blackstone "No Trouble" engine driving a c1940 Tangye V102 single acting Water Pump owned by Tom Fisher from Arlesford.||This is a c1916 2.5hp Fairbanks Bulldog owned by Ivan Drake from Bacton|
|Here is a Dorman type 1AD driving a Climax no 2 Pump.||A very nicely restored 2hp Fairbanks Morse Z owned by Paul Mace from Wrenningham. This Engine won "Best Restored Engine"||An interesting Lister D, this is a 1938 2hp sheep shearing set owned by John Searles from Maldon.||Here is a 1945 3hp Lister A driving "The Essex Beer Machine" which is a Blake Pump owned by Tony O'Sullivan from S Woodham Ferrers.|
|Another Lister A, this is a Tank cooled 1926 3hp model driving a Water Pump owned by Lee Chapman from Bocking.||Another Lister, this is a "D" driving a close coupled Generator.||A very nice Onan W35-19 Generator set owned by N Catlin from Tiptree||This is my 1934 1.5hp Tank cooled Petter M driving a 1942 35V Lancashire Dynamo & Crypto generator.|
|Another Petter M, this is a 1930 2hp Tank cooled model driving a 230 Volt Generator Owned by J Strutt from Danbury||An Engine very much "in its Working Clothes" is this 3hp 1920 Powell owned by Gerald Seeley from Wooplit.||A very nice 1929 Ruston & Hornsby ZPR driving an unusual Nelson Ice Crusher owned by Alan Cullen from East Grinstead.||Here is John Southall busy ensuring all is well on the Engine line....what IS that on his hat?|
|And here is her Mountain Rescue Landrover 109FFR||This is an extremely unusual Tractor, a Lantz Bulldog, looks a comfortable ride|
|Some of the large number of Motorcycles on display.||This is a Porsche ex Le Mans Racing car||Here is another unusual Tractor, a Ferguson P3||The Winners of the Stationary Engine Trophies, L to R, Paul Mace, James Francis, Mark Earey and P Turner|
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