Exciting news!

Firstly, we’d like to thank everybody who supported our event this year, despite the weather on Saturday itwas a resounding success.

Many of you will be aware that this year was our last at Sparrows End.  We have enjoyed our time there and would like to thank our hosts for looking after us so well for five years.


We can confirm that next year’s event will be on 25th & 26th April.  We are moving across town to Carver Barracks (Debden Aerodrome) .

Other exhibits

It’s not all about steam engines at the Crank Up, we’ll be hosting all sorts of interesting exhibits from a bygone age!

Steam Engines

We have a bumper entry of traction engines this year,including some that are new to the event, some that are returning after rebuilding work, and of course many of our old favourites!


Not Long Now!

The signs are up, it’s nearly time for the 2019 Crank Up!



The Committee and helpers would like to wish you a very Happy New Year.  We hope that 2019 brings you peace and happiness, and happy times spent at excellent vintage events 😉


Preparations for this year’s show are now well underway.  We are planning another Special Display, this time showcasing the various living vans that housed the men, and sometimes their families, that worked with steam engines.

Of course we shall still have all our usual attractions and exhibits!


Our big yellow  boards are up, keep an eye out for them 🙂


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.