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Old 02-07-18, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hi any one going to prestwood this weekend.
Can't believe a few years ago. It was to wet.
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Old 02-07-18, 12:21 PM   #2
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would love to have gone but didnt receive a form this year so off to cressing barns instead.
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Old 02-07-18, 12:36 PM   #3
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Should be bimbling about on the other side of the ropes one day or the other.

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Old 02-07-18, 08:49 PM   #4
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would love to have gone but didnt receive a form this year so off to cressing barns instead.
Well that just answered my PM. Lol
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Old 08-07-18, 09:48 PM   #5
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Phew what a scorcher!

Went yesterday but only managed about three hours before retiring round the corner to the relative cool of my mum's house. Watched the footy there and later got a takeaway from the local curry house which was surprisingly good - who expects to find haleem on the menu in a small Buck's village?


Just a few pics - last ones are IHC Autowagon engine.


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Old 08-07-18, 11:54 PM   #6
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I like that JAP!
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Old 09-07-18, 10:18 AM   #7
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I don't know if some of the snobs would agree, but I think it demonstrates nicely how a small air-cooled engine can transcend the 'entry ticket' tag.

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Old 09-07-18, 10:43 AM   #8
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I don't know if some of the snobs would agree, but I think it demonstrates nicely how a small air-cooled engine can transcend the 'entry ticket' tag.
Not quite sure who "the snobs" are, but I'll rise to the bait.

It's an interesting little engine, nicely presented (terrible welding apart!), and a pleasure to see, but...

It's (I assume?) a lawnmower engine. Just as I am not interested in seeing car engines and aircraft engines taking up space on the stationary engine line, I would also prefer to see lawnmower engines in context; in other words, in a lawnmower!

Realistically, of course, the chances are that the original machine is long gone, and it's better to see the JAP "as is" than not at all, but there you go - another point of view...

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I think it was driving something but I can't remember what.

You know full-well that there is a small contingent who appear to believe if it ain't open crank and pushing 100years old, it shouldn't be on the rally field. Even a recent and very welcome article in SEM on small air-cooled engines ended up perpetuating the 'mainly suitable for beginners and those in their dotage' story.


There's been a lot on the news this weekend about embracing diversity - let's see more of it in the engine world!


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Well said Nickh. As a recent newcomer to the game, and to the forum, it would have been very easy to be put off by some of the comments about "entry ticket" engines etc. There used to be a similar thing going on in motorcycle circles about "grey porridge", namely 50s bread and butter bikes. Now that prices have risen considerably they are more desirable, and not so numerous, as so many were scrapped or chopped due to their perceived worthlessness.

Although I don't particularly like small aircooled engines, perhaps due to working on them when I was younger, I think it would be a pity to lose them to the scrapyard, and many people find them interesting and indeed attractive.

The shows/crank-ups I like most are the ones with most variety, so I think anything old enough should be encouraged, and if it's a first-timer with a Villiers lawnmower engine, well so be it. I don't have to spend long looking at it!
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