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!



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!

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.