Exhibits are quickly filling the site. Tractors, stationary engines, vehicles and steam engines. The craft and beer tents are up and the caterers are on site! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, gates open at 10 am 🙂
Our event was kindly mentioned by Messrs. Spendlove and South on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this afternoon!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02prg46#auto (skip to 55.o0)
Here is a video by our Committee member Robert Pumfrey BEM, of his engine, Ruston Proctor “Success” and Dan Chidgey’s Aveling & Porter roller “George” at the Fighting Cocks for lunch on Bank Holiday Sunday. We then see the Ruston heading to the Crank Up site, driven by Michael Pumfrey and steered by event organiser John Hunt…
With the Crank Up only a week away now, preparations are well under way! Today, a number of committee members were at work patching and improving roadways around the site. Then, in the early afternoon the first two steam exhibits arrived on site, being the Pumfrey family’s Ruston “Success”, and Dan Chidgey’s Aveling roller “George”, both of which had stopped for lunch at the Fighting Cocks, a nearby pub which is very supportive of our event.
George was soon put to work rolling the roadways around the site. Then two more rollers came along, Aveling “William”, owned by Nick Allen, and the Reid family with their newly acquired Clayton roller.
Photos by M. Pumfrey, D. Chidgey and J. Jennings.
Foden “D” Type tractor “Perseverance” is joining us at the Crank Up, this engine also attended the East Anglian Club’s first rally at Saling in 1955, and the anniversary event held there in 1980. She was formerly owned by Edgar Shone of Cricklewood and is now owned by Peter Richardson, was driven by the late Roy Swain for many years and is a regular at events in East Anglia and beyond.
We’re pleased to be able to offer some traditional children’s amusements at the Crank Up this year. Local showman Joseph Rule will be presenting his Toytown ride, which dates back to 1910 and features a fantastic selection of restored cars, steam roller, horses and other period toys, and a set of children’s “High Flying Swingboats”
For further information on these, and other fairground equipment available from this family firm, visit www.traditionalsteamfair.co.uk
We are delighted to announce another three steam entries for the Crank Up – all engines that are appearing at a show for the first time with their current owners!
Alistair Cook will be bringing along his delightful miniature Savage Engine, which he has just finished building (Photo: A. Cook)
The Reid Family from Orwell, Cambs, are attending with their Clayton steam roller, which they purchased late last year (Photo C. Flack)
And Jenny Baxter, who edits the EATES magazine “Steam Preservation” will be presenting her Fowler T3 steam roller “Firefly”. Jenny is no stranger to steam, having owned and built miniatures, but this is her first full size engine. (Photo J. Baxter)
We’re delighted that these engines are debuting at our event and we hope the owners have an enjoyable and memorable weekend with us.
We’re pleased to announce that among the steam engines attending the event will be the Burrell Traction Engine “Princess Royal”, which is now owned by East Anglian Traction Engine Society Life Member, Richard Parrott of Weeting. This engine attended the very first East Anglian Traction Engine Club rally at Saling in Essex in 1955, so it is very nice that she can join us to mark the 60th anniversary of the Society.
She is seen below at Saling in 1955, and in her natural habitat at Weeting.
This time next month, exhibitors will be busy getting their pride and joy ready for the second day of our Show!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!