Thurlow Steam and Country Rally 2003

The weather was really good this year (except for setting up on Friday which was somewhat damp) but Saturday and Sunday was virtually unbroken sunshine. Lots to see as well with a large turnout of Steam Engines, Tractors and Stationary Engines. This was to be the last Rally on this site, but the land owners have now said that next years Rally will be the last on the site so they need another venue for 2005. As far as Engines were concerned, there was a good selection of rare, unusual and good some old faithful engines, something for everyone.

My Fuller and Johnson which ran a treat all weekend Rob Vince's 1923 Fairbanks driving a Climax pump 4hp Bamford Bradford Amanco
My Fuller & Johnson which ran a treat all weekend, driving a Lister domestic pump. A 1923 Fairbanks Morse 1.5hp owned by Rob Vince from Ipswich. This is shown driving a Climax domestic pump A 1931 4hp Bamford owned by D Monk from Kentford A 1923 2.5hp Bradford Amanco owned and exhibited for the first time by R Ellington from St Neots.
Bamford Tulip Top 1914 Bradford Grey Hercules
This is a really nice 1926 Bamford "Tulip Top" owned by Les Beaumont from Newmarket. A very early 1914 1.25hp Bradford hit n miss engine owned by E Clarke from Sandy. This is a rare engine, a Grey. this was not as program so I have no further information. Owned by E Greensmith from Thorney. A 1918 1.5hp Hit n Miss Hercules This is also a rarely seen example, owned by C Todd from Sandy.
6hp Hornsby Ingeco Ingeco International
This is a superb example of a 1915 6hp Richard Hornsby Lamp Start oil engine. The owner Mr R Lee from Knebworth reckons it takes more gas (or paraffin if you use the original lamp) to start it, than it uses all day running it. Two very different examples of 1.75 hp Ingeco Model W engines. This one is a 1919 model owned by Ivan Drake from Bacton. And this one is a 1917 model owned by Russell Greensmith of Thorney Note the different ignition systems A 1936 2hp International LA owned by T Brown from Duxford. This is a tiny engine mounted on its original skids.
Lister D Lister J Lister Lister D Sheep shearing set.
An original 1941 Lister D rig driving a Cheshunt Junior power sprayer that was originally used in a Market Garden. This is a not often seen combination owned by Mr P Divall from Haverhill A 1924 3hp Lister J tank cooled engine owned by S Nichols. A very nicely restored Lister D owned by Ted Gray from Kings Lynn This is a complete 1950 Lister D driven sheep shearing set. It is nice to see an original bit of kit like this, must get myself one. This was not in the program but owned by T Simms.
National Norman Generator Petter M Ruston
This unusual engine is a National Enginering Co. 1908 2hp model owned by H Stannard from Rushden A 1935 Norman T300 generator set of 2.75hp owned by Gordon Kelly from Haverhill This 1933 Petter M "Appletop was shown driving a Bentall Corn crusher. A well turned out exhibit owned by Dave Eaton from Bishops Stortford." This is an immaculate Ruston Hornsby 2.25hp PT. I have photographed this before, but it is worth seeing again. Owned by Paul Pearman from Wisbech.
Ruston 6PB Stuart Turner Wolseley Style 1 Ruston and Wolseley on trailer
This engine is a 1945 Ruston Hornsby 6PB. A very nice and solid little engine, owned by T Brown from Duxford. A 1926 .5hp Stuart Turner N type lighting set built to G.P.O Spec.. A really well turned out exhibit by S Snowdon from Newark A very rare exhibit, a 5hp Wolseley "Style 1" Built in 1909 this is about the earliest Wolseley I have seen. Owned by Ron Mansfield from Sudbury. An unusual trailer mounted display with a Ruston Hornby driving a generator and A Wolseley WD 8 driving a Godwin pump. Owned by F Sparkes of Cavenham.
Land Army girl driving a Field Marshall Tractor line A view of one side of the Engine line. And the other
I took this in a bit of a hurry as this "Land Army" girl drove past on her Field Marshall tractor, I thought it made a great shot. A view of some of the many Tractors on display. A view one way down the engine line. And the other, look how the Hornsby dwarfs the little International.

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