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Old 26-11-17, 01:06 PM   #31
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You get to know after a while what different shows like, and then make your own mind up where and what you display in future. Local club events can be fun as you can usually take what you want and nobody is going to critisize your choice of engine and you often get a better response from the public as well!
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Yes, I can agree with that, especially with stuff that is doing something functional instead of just ticking over.

We are limited to how many shows we can go to purely on the costs involved, so we budget for Nuenen, Beaulieu, Kingsfold and Rushden Cavalcade, and next year we will be at Newby Hall as promised to Mike.

Apart from Rushden, all are fairly long distance events for us, and we stay on site in the trailers, which makes it so much easier for us.

Barleylands was one of our regulars but has ceased now, and we haven't been invited back to Casterton for some years now so that's off the list too.

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Old 26-11-17, 01:16 PM   #32
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Oh dear, I only have a D type and a few Villiers engines, don't look like I will be showing them then?

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Stuart, you're very welcome to bring your engines to the 1000 engine rally in Cheshire in June. All engines and engine enthusiasts are welcome.

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Old 26-11-17, 01:44 PM   #33
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Stuart, you're very welcome to bring your engines to the 1000 engine rally in Cheshire in June. All engines and engine enthusiasts are welcome.

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Exactly. Over twenty years ago I made the mistake of thinking it was an 'elitist' (hate that word but can't think of a better one!) rally mainly due to pics of the engines shown in SE magazine after the event which were usually either rare, large or both so crossed it off of my list as I couldn't 'compete' with those. Then I was told that anything is welcome so I bit the bullet and exhibited there for several years until the date change and enjoyed it. You will see everything from 1800's gas engines etc to Atco mower engines! As good an event of any for a 'first timer' to go to, plenty of advice if things go wrong and usually parts available to fix it!

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Old 26-11-17, 04:11 PM   #34
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This thread just goes to show how difficult it is to be an engine Steward, if they let everything in without any regard as to what it is then we moan as it's full of D types or air cooled lawnmower engines......... then if the steward pick and choose what goes in we moan because we can't get in!!

Having ones cake and eating it....
The '1000' somehow manages to square that circle with (I believe) an anything goes policy. I guess they don't have the constraints of some ralies where engines are vying for space with perhaps more commercial attractions but the quality and variety, albeit on a diminishing scale of late, they consistently produces is surely something to aim for.

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Old 26-11-17, 06:16 PM   #35
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<snip> ...I also have some Villiers powered milking and shearing sets, again they are doing the job that they were designed for and get the publics interest simply because they are doing a job of work rather than sitting there on a plank flattening the grass!

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I like the phrase "grass flattener" you mean something like this?

Stourport17_14 by Robert Starr, on Flickr

I'm hoping to present something more like this...

StokeP17_040 by Robert Starr, on Flickr

Not mine by the way, seen at Stoke Prior this year.

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That Lister D and pump etc is fine by me, and I have to say that running something on an engine of that size and power is much easier than the likes of the Ruston 1ZHR or the Petter 18hp.

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The '1000' somehow manages to square that circle with (I believe) an anything goes policy. I guess they don't have the constraints of some ralies where engines are vying for space with perhaps more commercial attractions but the quality and variety, albeit on a diminishing scale of late, they consistently produces is surely something to aim for.

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I've thought about going to the 1000 Engine rally for some years, it's just unfortunate that it clashes with two local rallies which I have supported for some time, the North Yorkshire County Show (which I didn't attend this year due to being on 'birth watch') and the DCVCS Mainsforth show, the latter of which has a dwindling engine section which I do my best to prop up.

I wonder if I can do 1000 one day and Mainsforth the next....... 2.5 hours down to Astle, and same back.... not horrendous, but makes for a long day with a rally in the middle of it.

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(snip) 2.5 hours down to Astle, and same back.... not horrendous, but makes for a long day with a rally in the middle of it.
I couldn't do that even as a spectator.

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I couldn't do that even as a spectator.

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As a one off Nick, I'd be okay with it, but the choice of exhibit would be curtailed to something easy to load and unload.

Getting Pops' buy in would be more difficult, and to be honest I'd not rally without him, its not the same.

But..... I procrastinate about the 1000 every year, and its about time I got my finger out and gave it a go.........
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How can an engine steward be so crass as to say to a potential exhibitor if you are not going to be a regular " I can't let you in" ? Obviously he's one of the yellow coat gang that has ideas way above his station and enjoys the authority that he has. Any show that I go to have to stay on site or face at least a 1 to 2 hour each way drive, but that's just part of exhibiting if you don't want to do it, stay at home.
As far as the 1000 engine having an all exhibits and exhibitors welcome, I beg to disagree on that one Phillip, after exhibiting there for 23 years only missing it twice I was told on the Sunday afternoon of the 2014 event that I would not be welcome back in future years as I was packing up around 2PM as I usually did with the intention of leaving the site by 3PM to allow for the 8 1/2 hour drive home to be at work on the Monday morning, we never had a problem in doing this as we were escorted by marshals out the back way away from the majority of the public, after a conversation with the yellow jacketed person I was told that as I had signed a form I had entered a binding agreement to stay on the line until 5PM and I couldn't load my exhibits with a winch until the last member of the public had left the field. I put forward what had been done in previous years under the supervision of the stewards to be told that I didn't know what I was speaking about and he would personally see that I didn't exhibit there in the future, so guess what..............yes I now stay at home and save a 17hour round trip and around 150 of diesel and not forgetting the 2 days wages I loose out on for taking time off work, so it was a win win for me and the savings go towards visiting friendly shows in the USA, where I'm certain Peter will agree with are easier, turn up with your exhibits and your good to go. Across the pond the exhibitors and stewards alike laugh there heads off when you explain that you need to pre book to exhibit in the U.K. and some shows only let in certain types of engines. So all in all we are the laughing stock of the hobby here in the U.K.
Maybe it's time to just let all my engines sit in the shed and gather dust as my forays south of the border are getting much less, as I certainly can't agree to be a regular exhibitor at any of the shows due to the distance involved.
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