Woolpit Steam Rally 2006

This years Woolpit Steam Rally was, I thought a great success with a modified layout which worked well, I particularly liked the tractors in amongst the trees which was a really nice setting which gave more room for the cars and motorcycles at the top. I also thought that there was a superb display of vintage tractors this year, many in various stages of restoration.

Saturday evening had some good entertainment including a slide show with sound from the last Rally at Cotton in 1982, I think a few people had a glimpse of what they looked like a quarter of a century ago.

The weather was excellent with a lot of red bodies by Saturday evening but as so often seems to happen, it started to rain around 3:30 in Sunday afternoon which sort of killed the Rally but I guess we canít complain.

This is one of my favourite Rallies, well organised and excellent value for money for the public, here are some of the sights during the weekend.

1923 Amanco 2.25hp "Hired Man" A superb display of  various bits of farm machinery mainly line shaft driven from a 5-6hp Bamford 1921 3.5hp  Ruston Hornsby LT driving a Bamford Root Cutter. 955 Bamford EGK
This is a very nice 1923 Amanco 2.25hp "Hired Man" hit-n-miss engine driving a Woolard A1 pump owned by W Smith of  Huntingdon. A superb display of  various bits of farm machinery mainly line shaft driven from a 5-6hp Bamford owned by Gerald Seeley from Woolpit. This is Ian Kerridge's  1921 3.5hp  Ruston Hornsby LT driving a Bamford Root Cutter. Ian is from Wyverstone. This is a 1955 Bamford EGK driving, I think a Jetz Mill owned by G Shingles from Cantley.
5hp Crossley 1065 An unusual 1925 1.5hp Alpha Delavel 1941 1.5hp Fowler driving a Corbetts "Plymouth" Corn Mill 1924 2hp Fuller & Johnson model N
A nice working display driven by a 5hp Crossley 1065 owned by Dale Walker from Kings Lynne. An unusual 1925 1.5hp Alpha Delavel engine owned by Andrew Sadler from Catfield. This is a 1941 1.5hp Fowler driving a Corbetts "Plymouth" Corn Mill owned by Paul Perman from Wisbech. Here is a 1924 2hp Fuller & Johnson model N owned by Mrs E Greensmith from Thorney.
1909 Galloway 5hp "Round Rod" 1909/10 2.25hp Galloway Galloway 1911 0.75hp Gardner Model O
This is the first of 3 American Galloway engines made in Waterloo Iowa. This is a 1909 5hp "Round Rod" owned by Dick Culley from Wroxham. And this one is a 1909/10 2.25hp model owned by Russell Greensmith from Thorney. And finally Tony Bradfield's Galloway, Tony is from Upwood. This is a very original 1911 0.75hp Gardner Model O Owned by Stuart Lindsey from Ickleford.
1906 3hp vertical International 1919 1.5hp International M 1947 Lister D driving a Leo Lister ABL
This is a 1906 3hp vertical International owned by C Kerridge from Finningham. A 1919 1.5hp International M Owned by J Jackson from Holton St Peter. A very original 1947 Lister D driving a Leo pump owned by Nathan Pardue from Ipswich An engine not seen much on the Rally field is this Lister ABL which was made under licence from the Wisconsin Motor Corp of America. This is owned by Rob Vince from Ipswich.
circa 1910 horizontal Petter "Handyman" Hot Tube Bamford no 1 Corn Mill driven by a Petter PAZ1 1930 2.5hp  Ruston &  Hornsby AP driving a Ruston centrifugal pump 1920 0.5hp Stuart
This is a Paraffin Engine, a circa 1910 horizontal Petter "Handyman" Hot Tube owned by P Neave from Smallburgh. A superbly restored Bamford no 1 Corn Mill driven by a Petter PAZ1 diesel owned by David Payne from Stow-cum-Quy. This is a very nice 1930 2.5hp  Ruston &  Hornsby AP driving a Ruston centrifugal pump owned by Tom Fisher from Alresford. And this is a lovely little 1920 0.5hp Stuart owned by L Neave from Smallburgh. 
1939 2hp Australian Sundial type B. A view down one of the engine lines This year the tractors had a superb setting in the trees 1923 12hp Lanz HL 12
Andrew Sadler filling up his 1939 2hp Australian Sundial type B. A view down one of the engine lines. This year the tractors had a superb setting in the trees. One of the more unusual tractors on display was this 1923 12hp Lanz HL 12
Row of grey Fergies, with some Allis Chalmers Tractors behind. 1921 Walsh & Clarke "Victoria" Paraffin Ploughing engines Case Tractor Wallace & Stevens Expansion Engine "Faith"
Here is a lovely row of grey Fergies, with some Allis Chalmers Tractors behind. This is a pair of 1921 Walsh & Clarke "Victoria" Paraffin Ploughing engines owned by The Museum Of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. A really original Case Tractor This is Natel Taylors  Wallace & Stevens Expansion Engine "Faith"
Living Van Collection of Paraffin Heaters, Lamps and Ovens Morris Minor 1923 Stanley Steam Car built in Massachusetts USA
A huge Living Van And a wonderful collection of Paraffin Heaters, Lamps and Ovens owned by Malcolm Collyer from Oulton Broad. A very nice little Morris Minor, one of the many Classic cars at the Rally And an unusual 1923 Stanley Steam Car built in Massachusetts USA
The gang
This is the gang relaxing listening to the group.

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