Farm Machinery Preservation Society Vintage Rally 2004
This is our local Club's Rally and is always a good event with a vast range of vintage machinery etc. to look at. Entries of Stationary Engines were a little down this year but we still had over 70 on the Sunday. A lot of effort went in to organising the rally (as it does every year) so it was a bit of a shame that the weather on Saturday was very windy keeping the punters away but Sunday, despite a similar forecast was a much better day and the numbers of public reflected this.
We had a large number of military entries this year including a complete and working field Kitchen, see some of the pics below.
I am running out of original engines to photograph (ones that I have not already shown this year) but nevertheless here are a few that were interesting
|This was a 2.25hp Amanco "Hired Man driving a Tangye water Pump owned by Adam Munson of Stanway Colchester. I was judge for "best restored engine" this year and despite some really nice restorations, this took the trophy.||This was a very nice display of a 1931 Bamford EG1 driving a three bladed Chaff cutter. This was displayed by T Metcalf of Gt Massingham.||Another very nice engine that I have featured before is this 1928 2hp Bernard P1 driving a Seguin and Cie spray pump. This was owned by Tom Fisher of Arlesford.||This is an 1899 6hp Crossley gas engine which is ex Suffolk College heat engine laboratory. This was displayed by Alex Walford from Colchester.|
|A lovely and very rare, 1907 Gardner No 1 owned by David Seeley from Woolpit||A 1930 Hartop Model M driving the original Lee Howl pump owned by John Southall of Willisham.||This is an 1898 A.E and H. Robinson type B4 hot air engine producing (from memory) a massive 0.25hp. Owned by J.Webber from old Welwyn.||A superb restoration of a Lister CS 2.75 Kw Diesel Lighting set owned by Peter Earl from Mendlesham. This won "best restored Lister owned by a FMPS member".|
|A very nice (and unusual) 1949 Lister D sheep shearing set, note the original metal trolley and the attachment to sharpen the cutters. This is owned by John Searles from Maldon.||Another unusual Lister D is this 2.5hp model @ 1150 RPM which was originally supplied to Broom & Wade Compressors, exhibited by J Blake of Lexden.||Peter Earl's CS at night||Some of the Club's enthusiastic young members with a seed dresser driven by a Petter A1.|
|I have bad memories of travelling in one of these armoured personnel carries many years ago, hot-noisy and claustrophobic if I remember, nice to see one again nevertheless||This was Suzy's Field kitchen, she spent a long time demonstrating its features and she cooked breakfast each day for the military exhibitors as well as keeping a tea urn on the go permanently, a great exhibit.||A view down the line of "The Harley Boys" bikes. They turned up in force this year armed with tents and plenty of beer.||This was Suzy's Land Rover. She got within a quarter of a mile of the Rally and it threw a propshaft joint, however a new (but wrong length) shaft was purchased from one of the stalls and the joint soon replaced by willing volunteers.|
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