Farm Machinery Preservation Society Vintage Rally 2009
The Rally was once again set in the beautiful grounds of Long Melford Hall
We had in excess of 100 Engines booked in which again were on the flat ground to the left of the Hall as you face it in front of the trees. This year the main events Ring was directly opposite the lower end of the line which gave us plenty to see from our line.
The weather once again was superb with a stiff breeze without which we would have roasted.
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.
Entertainment this Year was superb and included The GT Waldingfield Buskers and the "Death Defying" "Flying Fergies".
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 a large turnout of the Public, I would like to thank the Stationary Engine and Motorcycle exhibitors for their donations, overall the Society donated £1935.75 to the Macmillan Nurses, £350 to the Motor Neurone Disease Charity and £800 to the St Nocolas Hospice.
Here is a small sample of engines exhibiting this year.
|1925 2hp Amanco "Chore Boy"||1927 2hp Amanco "Chore Boy" Pumping Set||1920 1.5hp Amanco "Johnny Boy" These were not originally sold in he UK||A rare 1933 Vertical Blackstone 7hp. This won "Best Engine"|
|1945 Buzacott Farm Pumping Engine built in Australia||A 1930 German built Deutz Otto||1942 Lister D driving a Pegson Pumps Sludge Pump||1935 Lister CS Diesel driving a 230V Autodiesel Alternator|
|1935 Norman TE300 once used as an auxiliary Bilge Pump on Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 105||This is a 5hp Petter driving a Corn Mill||An
Open Crank American 1919 Powell
|A 1.5hp Ruston Hornsby PB driving Bamford Corn Mill.|
|This was not as Programme||A View down the Engine Line with a Tank cooled Lister B driving a Cornmill in the foreground.|
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