Visitors flock to see engines shine in sun

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VISITORS flocked to see vintage steam engines gleaming in glorious sunshine at Woolpit Steam last weekend.

Organisers ensured there was something for everyone at this year’s event with a full and varied timetable of ring events that ranged from a dog agility display team to a slow race of immaculate engines.

Woolpit Steam Rally''Pictured: James Brett on his 1/3 scale Burrell Traction Engine steam engine

Woolpit Steam Rally''Pictured: James Brett on his 1/3 scale Burrell Traction Engine steam engine

Displays of steam engines, cars, bikes, tractors and very rare motor ploughs were there to entertain enthusiasts while old-fashioned fairground rides and a Punch and Judy show kept the children amused.

Co-organiser David Seeley said: “The weekend was a total success. It was the best weather we have ever had and the quality of the exhibits was second to none.

“Although we are a small rally we have a reputation for attracting very old and unusual exhibits and this year was no exception.”

A special exhibition of motor ploughs, a piece of machinery forced into disuse by the development of the tractor, was on display over the weekend.

David said: “People were surprised because not many survive – many people have heard of the Wilkes motor plough but very few have seen one.

“To the best of my knowledge there are only seven left in the country and we had four of them here on display.”

Robert Atkinson and John Riley drove a 1924 Burrell steamroller to the show from Bressingham Steam and Gardens.

Robert said: “This is the second year we have brought the engine down, we drive it down all the back roads at 4mph – it takes us all day.

“The rally is great, it’s a really nice day and it’s great to come and show the engine to people in the ring.”