This year’s steam section

We’re delighted to announce a large entry of full size steam engines for this year’s event.  Many of the old favourites will be attending, and as always there will be some engines visiting us for the first time!

This evening we feature this lovely Burrell traction engine “The Duchess”, recently purchased by the Haylock family, and seen on the road in Ashdon, near Saffron Walden.


This Year’s Rally!

Preparations are well under way for this year’s Crank Up, to include a special display telling the story of Ploughing.

A site meeting was held today and the ground was found to be in excellent condition.  We look forward to seeing you on 12th & 13th May!

Thank You!

We’d like to say a big Thank You to everybody that supported the Crank Up this year.  It was a great success due to the efforts of many people including the exhibitors, helpers, sponsors and visitors.  A good time was had by all, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.


Dogs at our show

In answer to a number of queries, we can confirm that dogs are welcome at the Crank Up, however please note they must be on a lead at all times and under control, and please clear up after them.


Steam Section Update

Our Steam Secretary has been in touch to tell us some of the steam engines we can look forward to seeing at this year’s Crank Up:

Paul Whipps is returning with his Wallis Tractor

Jenny Baxter with her Fowler Roller

Nick Allen and family with the Aveling & Porter roller “William”

From Richard Parrott’s collection, the Burrell “Princess Royal”


The Pumfrey family’s Ruston “Success”

Peter Richardson’s Foden D-Type tractor “Perseverance”

Phil Starling exhibiting S. Haylock’s Ransomes traction engine “Chieftain”

New for this year is Geoff Scott-Comber with this smart Fowler

And the oldest Clayton traction engine owned by the Philp family from Castle Hedingham.



We also have two steam cars attending


Today, we have added the first sponsor’s advert for this year to the website –

If you, or anybody you know, would be interested in sponsoring the event, please get in touch with us – we have various packages and advertising opportunities available.


Our Committee Member Robert Pumfrey is organising the 34th Annual Whittlesford film and video show, to be held on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Whittlesford near Cambridge. CB22 4NE.

Steam films dating from the 1960s to the present day, many unseen elsewhere, will be shown. There will also be refreshments available, and a raffle.

All are welcome at this free event, which starts at 7.00 pm.

For further details contact Robert Pumfrey BEM on

Photo Gallery

Check out our photo gallery to give you an idea of what to expect at our event, more pictures will be added in the coming weeks.

A big thank you to those who have contributed so far