Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally 2006

This years Rally was dominated by two things, the weather and the death of Jimmy Key who owned the Strumpshaw estate. A memorial service was held on Saturday evening to Jimmy and we heard from the Strumpshaw Vicar, his daughter and a friend, some insite into his life, character and achievements.

We had rain for almost the entire day on the Friday preceding the Rally which by the evening produced mud at the entrances about 9 inches deep and a number of people were towed on however Sunday was a dry day when the public came in their droves and luckily the Monday stayed dry despite heavy rain in Norwich.

The show was, as usual well attended by exhibitors with more steam than in previous years and a better layout in the “Playpen”. I thought that there was a wide variety of Stationary engines which was good to see and the military had a commanding spot at the top with some of the vehicles going round the off-road course behind. Add to this the excellent Museum gives good value for money for the public, hopefully the Rally will carry on.

Below are some of the engines on display along with some of the other sights during the Rally.

My 1923 Amanco 2,25hp Hired Man A circa 1915 1.5hp Amanco "busy Boy" 945 vertical Bamford driving a Bamford no 3 Corn Mill. 1922 Bamford open crank air cooled engine
My 1923 Amanco 2,25hp Hired Man still running well driving a Lister H1 Pump A circa 1915 1.5hp Amanco "Busy Boy" owned by Chris Lowe from Bucks This is a very good working display consisting of a 1945 vertical Bamford driving a Bamford no 3 Corn Mill. This was displayed by Chris Stone from Norwich. A 1922 Bamford open crank air cooled engine displayed by F Dack from Norfolk.
 5hp Blackstone lampstart 1934 5hp Blackstone vertical engine. Bradford "king of All" Fairbanks Morse 1923 model Z
One of my favourite local engines is this 5hp Blackstone lampstart engine exhibited by Dave Monk from Suffolk. This is a 1934 5hp Blackstone vertical engine. I have not seen many of these on the rally field, this was displayed by G Cole from Suffolk. This is a Bradford "King of All" engine, again not many seen locally, this was displayed by R Richardson from Herts. An American Fairbanks Morse engine, this is a 1923 model Z of around 1.5hp. Displayed by M Allcock from Norfolk.
Another Fairbanks, this is a 1919 model Z 1925 3.5hp Fairbanks Morse model Z Hercules Hornsby 12hp oil engine
Another Fairbanks, this is a 1919 model Z owned by David Luckings from Norfolk. This is a 1925 3.5hp Fairbanks Morse model Z displayed by S London from Norfolk. A nice little Hercules owned by Tony Bradfield from Cambs. The first of a number of large Hornsby engines is this 1908 12hp oil engine exhibited by P Rant from Norfolk
1913 International Famous 8hp screen cooled engine 24v JAP Battery charging unit Lister A driving a Mechanical Hacksaw Lister A and Bamford Corn Mill
Another big interesting engine is this 1913 International Famous 8hp screen cooled engine owned by P Neave from Norfolk. A nice exhibit is this 24v JAP Battery charging unit used in WW11 to charge aircraft batteries. This is owned by Rob Vince from Ipswich. A nice working exhibit is this Lister A driving a Mechanical Hacksaw owned by David Luckings from Norfolk. Note the piece of rail it is cutting. Another Bamford Corn Mill, this time a number one driven by a Lister A displayed by G Shingles from Norfolk.
1958 Lister HA Diesel Grain Blower, 949 Lister D driving twin Sheep Shearing heads 1949 Lister A driving a rare Cley Corn Mill 1938 Lister  CS driving a Lister shallow well pump
An unusual exhibit seen on the Rally field is this 1958 Lister HA Diesel Grain Blower, the owner J Croker from Suffolk reckoned he had to keep the back shut as it would blow away the exhibits behind it. A 1949 Lister D driving twin Sheep Shearing heads owned by John Searles from Essex.  1949 Lister A driving a rare Cley Corn Mill owned by Dave Firmin from Essex My favourite Diesel is this 1938 Lister  CS driving a Lister shallow well pump displayed bt J Nutley from Essex.
French Moteur Japy type 12E series K of 1914 vintage. circa 1910 6hp Olds type A 1919 5hp Petter M 1919 Horizontal Petter "Handyman"
A very rare French Moteur Japy type 12E series K of 1914 vintage. owned by Mike Lowe from Slough. A rare circa 1910 6hp Olds type A which spent its working life in Australia displayed by Dick Culley from Norfolk. A 1919 5hp Petter M in "working clothes" owned by Tim Read from Norfolk. Another rare entry was this 1919 Horizontal Petter "Handyman" displayed by C Eaton from Bucks.
1920 Petter M tank cooled Bamford No 1 Corn Mill, this one is driven by a Petter PAZ 1 1925 2.5hp Ruston & Hornsby 20hp Ruston & Hornsby Model H 20 Diesel
A very nice 1920 Petter M tank cooled displayed by S Mack from Norfolk. Another Bamford No 1 Corn Mill, this one is driven by a Petter PAZ 1 displayed by D Payne from Cambs. This is a 1925 2.5hp Ruston & Hornsby  model PR displayed by Chris Sant from Yorkshire. Here is a superb 20hp Ruston & Hornsby Model H 20 Diesel owned by B Talbot from Norfolk.
Warwick Eagle 1945 Wolseley WD 8 driving 2 Alpha Lavel vacuum pumps Hagglund Some of the large Military contingent.
An interesting Warwick Eagle however I have no more details. This is a 1945 Wolseley WD 8 driving 2 Alpha Lavel vacuum pumps displayed by A Carr from Hants. The front half of a Hagglund roaring around the 4WD track This is just some of the large Military contingent.
Ford Super Major powered by a large V8. A view down one of the tractor lines. 1902 Aveling and Porter. 1886 Burrell
A very unusual tractor is this Ford Super Major powered by a large V8. A view down one of the tractor lines. One of the many Steam Rollers displayed is this 1902 Aveling and Porter. A nice 1937 Wm Foster & Co Ltd Single cylinder traction engine "Bonnie"
Steam Gallopers Burrell Showmans Engine Here are the girls all ready to go Clubbing, note the footwear.
The Steam Gallopers help the evening atmosphere. A lovely Showman's engine is this Burrell Princess Royal. Here are the girls all ready to go Clubbing, note the footwear.

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