Thurlow and Haverhill Steam and Country Rally 2005

The Thurlow and Haverhill Rally moved this year to Horseheath Point to Point Racecourse on A1307 Haverhill - Cambridge Road. This is an excellent medium size Rally with a large numbers of "Hot Fog" Producers. I am of course referring to Steam engines and there were 30 this year, 5 up on last year.

There were around 60 Stationary engines last year but only 39 entered this year, maybe the move put people off. I personally thought it was an excellent site, a bit windy perhaps as it is on a hill but there was plenty of room. As usual there was some good entertainment in the ring, including "Flyin Ryan" on Sunday with a display of motorcycles jumping over cars and the like.

There were a lot of unusual classic cars and tractors this year, a few are pictured below.

6hp Amanco 1915 2.25hp Amanco "Hired Man" 1914 1.25hp Bradford 1949 2.24hp Fowler
I have photographed this before but it is such a great lump of 6hp Amanco I decided to take another. This is owned by Richard Westwood from Ipswich. And he also brought along his 1915 2.25hp Amanco "Hired Man" A nice 1914 1.25hp Bradford owned by E Clarke from Sandy. A 1949 2.24hp Fowler driving a Lister H1 pump owned by Ron Mansfield from Sudbury.
1901 Heinrici Hot air engine 1918 American Hercules 1930 1.5hp Lister D generating set Lister A driving a Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto 230v generator
Probably the oldest engine in the show was this 1901 Heinrici Hot air engine This is a 1918 American Hercules engine restored in 1991 owned by C Todd from Sandy. A very nice 1930 1.5hp Lister D generating set owned by J Strutt. Another Genset, this is a Lister A and is driving a Lancashire Dynamo and Crypto 230v generator. This is owned by N Catlin.
1949 2hp Lister D driving a Drake & Fletcher Orchard spray pump 1928  Petter M 1937 Ruston & Hornsby 2PT "Carrot Top 1942 3hp Ruston & Hornsby driving a Lion Water Pump
A very original 1949 2hp Lister D driving a Drake & Fletcher Orchard spray pump owned by T Simms from Upwell A very nicely restored 1928  Petter M which is unusual as it is fitted with a Wico magneto instead of the more usual BTH from new. This is also unusual as it is petrol only and is owned by R Hardy from Braintree. A 1937 Ruston & Hornsby 2PT "Carrot Top" owned by Allen Cullen from East Grinstead. This is a 1942 3hp Ruston & Hornsby driving a Lion Water Pump owned by P Meadows from CHelmsford.
Ruston & Hornsby 1948 2.25hp PT Wolseley Tractors 1980 "Trantor"
Another Ruston & Hornsby is this 1948 2.25hp PT owned by Paul Perman from Wisbech. This is an unusual square hopper Wolseley owned by Tony Bradfield form Upwood. Some of the 70 odd Tractors on display. An unusual tractor is this 1980 "Trantor" owned by Des Tolfts from Hertford.
1966 Doe 130 1943 Allis Chalmers B Horticultural implements American La-France
Another interesting Tractor is this 1966 Doe 130 which is an early attempt at making a 4 wheel drive Tractor....simple, bolt 2 together. It of course is not that simple but it works, owned by S Haylock from Castle Camps. Another interesting Tractor is this superbly restored 1943 Allis Chalmers B owned by Paul Willis from Tiptree. Note the fact that the body is raised up to clear tall crops. A large display of Horticultural implements. A very unusual and old Classic was this American La-France unfortunately it was not in the program but I remember it having a huge engine.

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