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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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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