Only two people from the newsgroup made themselves known to me over the
weekend one of those, Chris Bedo, whom I know already and Philip TE.
I have to say that despite the rather un-clement weather on Saturday and
the at times rather eratic behaviour of my engine I had a very good
time. Engines aside I have to put this down almost completely to the
people who were in the adjoining few pitches. What extremely pleasent
and helpfull people they were. So all in all a good weekend. Plenty to
see with some very tasty engines but I'll save the favourite comp for a
Somebody must have seen me? Or do I actually smell that bad????
I wondered if you'd made it after your trials and tribulations with the
engine but didn't spot you. Might have helped if I could have found anyone
selling programs (I believe such existed as Pat Knight had one).
Hi John, You must have missed my post on the 24th & the posting in the
We arranged to meet in the beer tent at 13.00 on both Saturday & Sunday.
The people who met up were,
You can see us at
I didn't arrive until circa 2pm, did cast my eyes around the beer tent
but didn't see anyone I recognised from here. Did bump into some old
traction/railway engine acquaintances of long standing that I hadn't
seen for a couple of years, though.
Saw Paul Evans & Kim later on.
Although we have met, I wouln't be sure of recognising you if I bumped
into you, & don't know what engine you had with you - not the big lump
you recently shoehorned into your shed presumably - If you had that
there I must be more blind than I thought
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Well I was there and I'm sorry for not making it to the beer tent. I had
struggled along with the 16hp Shanks Lamp Start. I was first in line in
the pen next to the booking tent next to the lorry containing the
National diesel promoting the Anson and behind that was a very nice man
called Trevor with quite a big Ingeco.
It hated the weather on Saturday until about 4 p.m. when it ran for
about an hour and a half without hitch. Then on Sunday it was fine from
starting first swing at about 9:00 when people started to appear to when
, oops, it ran out of juice at around 2:00. It wouldn't go again as I
think some muck got in the fuel system as had happened previously. I had
to depart at 3:30 anyway so it was not so bad. When it did go it was
very well behaved and as I say I enjoyed the whole experience.
Ignore last thread I read the posts properly this time.
I recognise a few faces, could somebody name all please particularly the
gent in the wheel chair as I have seen him about my area at other rally's
and I believe a friend of mine Hugh Stannard knows him too.
Anson. Was it you?
No I don't think it was. I had a lot of people asking me about the trip
due to my close proximity to the display. You might have spoken to the
chap with the Ingeco as I know he was looking to go but all the tickets
had gone. It seemed to be very popular. I couldn't go because I had to
go home to seem my wife and daughter which made up for it as my little
girl had just that day learnt to blow a rasberry and spent the rest of
the night doing so. No reflection on the Anson. As I will try and make
it along later in the year as it is fairly local.
I do recognise some of the people in the photo as having been there. You
aren't the little chap in both pics who was riding aroung on a sort of
butchers bike type thing a lot were you?
I'm the gent in the wheelchair! and the lady is my wife, Fran.
You probably saw us at Cottenham, this year, as we'd seen Hugh at Cheffins
the previous day and he told us about the rally, so we came along to have a
look. I did recognise you, but you were talking to someone when we walked
down the engine line, so didn't want to interupt your conversation. When we
came back, unfortunately, you were nowhere to be seen, so we missed you.
We know Hugh of old, as we have done some engine trading between ourselves
over the years, plus we know a few of the other people who were also at
Cottenham, mainly from meeting them at the Cheffins sales.
The others in the picture URES 2 are from left to right are:-
David Croft, ? , Dan Howden, Kenny Williams, Philip Thornton-Evison, Arthur
Griffin, David McCreath, Mark Drake and Fran Drake (and Hamish dog).
In the picture URES 3 are from left to right:-
David Croft, ? , Dan Howden, Philip Thornton-Evison, Nick Highfield, Kim
Siddorn, Mark and Fran Drake
Small correction, I am only in picture URES3, between Dave Croft and Dan
Howden. My dad is also lurking in the background ! (chap with cap on)
Not sure who the person named as myself is in URES2, perhaps if they are
lurking they could identify themselves! The unknown person in URES2 is Dave
Shortland I think. I was too busy tinkering with a cantankerous little
Amanco that we forgot to meet on the Sunday at 1pm...!
A good weekend was had, left around 5pm, took about 5.5 hours to get back
driving through some pretty nasty weather. Managed to keep my wallet fairly
intact which is good news for a Scotsman...! Looking forward to next