We report on the brilliant Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show, which took place near Weymouth, in Dorset, back at the beginning of July.
The 2023 Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show was held on Moor Farm, at the amazingly-named Knights in the Bottom that’s near Weymouth in Dorset. The event took place on 1st-2nd July and this year, was run in memory of Katie ‘Blondie’ Miller, with thanks to land owners Stephen Vine and John Hollins.
The event was spread across three fields, and Field One hosted the steam, tractor and commercial vehicle sections. About 30 full-sized steam engines were on show, together with 40 miniature steamers, all presided over by steward, Steve Rodd.
Field Two, situated to the right of the main field, housed a splendid collection of models, with everything from trains, boats and tanks to fairground rides to be found among the exhibits. We were particularly impressed by the intriguing array of fairground models and rural setting dioramas on display.
Among the many vehicle highlights at the event was the 1924 Robey 6-ton tandem roller Bullet, which was making its first visit to the site. Bullet was new to R Dingle & Sons Contractors from Stoke Climsland, in Cornwall. Registered in Cornwall, the Robey received an ‘RL’ number plate as opposed to ‘FE’ plates for Lincoln-registered vehicles.
The engine was shot at by a German aircraft while working for the War Office during World War II, and suffered shrapnel damage to its coal bunkers, dashboard, oilers and steam fittings – some of which is still visible today. In 2019, Bullet was bought by Steve Parrott and moved to the Robey Trust after that year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair. In 2020, she received a new set of boiler tubes and can now be regularly seen operating around Tavistock, in Devon.
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1938 Fordson Standard N rescued from a wood