Lincoln Steam 2012

March 26, 2013 in Show Reports

Written by Steve Woollas.

August seems so long ago but Lincoln steam, or to give the event it’s correct title The Lincoln Steam and Vintage Rally took place in glorious sunshine at the purpose built show site owned by The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, adjacent to the A15 at Grange-de-Lings north of Lincoln on the 18th & 19th of August 2012.

Lincoln is the third in a trilogy of steam rallies held over the first three consecutive weekends in the eastern side of England commencing with Pickering, then Driffield, then Lincoln, and, for many a continual pilgrimage takes place to each in turn.

People travel far and wide to Lincoln and it was pleasing to meet club members who had travelled over from the Isle of Man for the event.

Lincoln steam appears to grow each year although the showground boundaries do not, and it is testimony to the organisers’ careful and strategic planning that all exhibits are accommodated within their allotted areas. This year the programme listed in excess of 1550 entries, including some of the 100 full size steamers, a further 100 miniature steamers and over 30 musical organs. Tractors amounted to 330 entries of which 50 fell into the horticultural category. with some 230 stationary engines, 28 awning displays, 130 entries in the models hall including 24 Meccano displays and in excess of 550 vintage/classic vehicles and a large trader market there has to be something at Lincoln for the whole family to view, admire and marvel upon.  
Allen Scythe fitted with a Villers engine. It is painted yellow because it spent it's working life on an airfield.

Allen Scythe MK2 fitted with a Villiers 11C engine. It is painted yellow because it spent it’s working life on an airfield.

Tractors have their own display area with a “drive through” parallel ring and paraded each day at 2pm lead by horticulturals and the commentary lasts for around 3 hours – not all by me you will be pleased to know!

First in the ring for the horticulturals was one of the nicest Fiddle Drills I have ever seen complete with instruction sheet attached to the body of the drill, along with a demonstration of how the march along in time with the hand movement when drilling, i.e one movement of the bow in time with each step forward. Another interesting item was a 1939 Vivian Lloyd Brush Cutter. One trusty steed was present and attached to the “working end” was an unusual Howard Rotavator attachment.  

I was interested to see some early versions of some machines present including a 1937 Ransome MG2 with the early Sturmey Archer T Type engine fitted, the 1941 allen Scythe MK2 (pictured) fitted with the Villiers 11C engine, finished in yellow livery as this machine spent it’s working life on an airfield. Cliffords were well represented with two Clifford Juniors in the line up, as were Ransomes with examples of MG2, MG5, MG6 and MG40. A 1951 Monrotiller Series One in original paint and transfers made an interesting item in the Parade as did in total contrast a nicely restored 1951 Bolens with cultivator in green and yellow. 

Note: This article has been reproduced and edited from the November 2012 issue of The Cultivator and written by Steve Woollas. 

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