Thanks for the report. Wish I could have been there to slosh through the mud with you and Roger, but anyway, I'll enjoy the photos. Al Messer --- alanjstepney <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > A week of rain and torrential downpour on Friday > morning turned much of the > site into a quagmire, as can be seen from the > photos. > > Unfortunately, this meant that a many the exhibitors > failed to appear. > > Many of the low-loaders couldn't get on-site, and > the reasons for the > non-appearance of their exhibits was understandable. > However, I feel that > more of the exhibitors could have made an > appearance, if they had tried. To > have only 20 or so out of 200 cars didn't make for a > good display. Even some > of the military vehicles failed to show, and they > would have been an ideal > vehicle in those conditions, so the owners cannot > claim mud as a valid > excuse not to appear. > > Fortunately, for me, most of the owners of the > "miniatures", are made of > sterner stuff and were there."Miniatures" is how > they were categorised, but > that is hardly appropriate to some engines, which > were almost as large as > the full-size ones. > > I left home at 4 a.m. and had an excellent run for > the 180 miles to St > Agnes. Perhaps too good a run, as I got caught by a > speed camera en route.! > The rain started just after dawn, and I arrived at > the St Agnes in a heavy > downpour. > > Roger Mason lives in St Agnes, and I went to his > house, where we adjourned > for the important things, such as drinking coffee > whilst discussing model > engineering, and looking round his workshop (I wish > mine was as tidy as > that). > > Although the rally was scheduled to open at 9 a.m, > we waited and watched the > rain, until shortly before lunch time when it > stopped and we made our way to > the rally site. > > The site entrance, and for 200 yards beyond, was a > maze of ruts deeply cut > into a sea of mud. I gather they were having to haul > cars into, as well as > out of, the car park, although both Roger and I > managed to negotiate this > hazard. > > In spite of the conditions, it was an interesting > show. Although there were > few exhibits in some categories, others were fairly > fully represented. > > I have mentioned "vintage and collectors cars", and > the "motorcycles" class > was also almost bare. Of the "full size steam > vehicles" about half were > unable to appear. The two classes that were almost > at the expected numbers > were "tractors" (hardly surprising as they were in > their element), and, as > mentioned, the "miniatures". > > There were a lot of trade stands, the craft tent was > full to capacity, > stationary engines seemed fairly well represented, > and there were also many > other exhibits. I cannot comment on these as I spent > most of my time with > the models and steam exhibits. > > The quality of some, indeed, most, of the models was > superb. A few had > paintwork that equalled the best I have seen at > major exhibitions. > > The exhibitor who had come the farthest was A. G. > Bos, from the Netherlands, > who exhibited his 2" Fowler with load, and a couple > of stationary engines. > > There were four, perhaps five, models of the Alfred > Dodman single crank > compound. This engine is unusual in having a single > valve to control both > high and low pressure cylinders. I am fairly sure > that the number of models > of this engine now exceeds the numbers of the > original! > > The lack of crowds was an advantage in that I was > able to chat to many of > the engine owners, and get plenty of photographs. > > By late in the afternoon, the sun plus a drying wind > enabled some engines to > move around, and they started ploughing. I > understand that by the Saturday, > everything was much better and the show was well > attended. > > Finally, and to return to that mud, on Sunday > morning I had to wash my car. > It was either that, or plant a row of spuds in it!. > The tenacity of that mud > is amazing. I reckon that Roger has missed a golden > opportunity there. He > could easily market it as a gap-filling substitute > for superglue! > > Photos are at: > > http://www.alanjstepney.free-online.co.uk/s1.html > > > > alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > > www.alanstepney.info > Model Engineering, Steam Engine, and Railway > technical pages. > > > > > > > > > MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. > > To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email > to, > modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word > "unsubscribe" in the subject line. > _______________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Win 1 of 4,000 free domain names from Yahoo! Enter now. http://promotions.yahoo.com/goldrush MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.