Mike Milestone reports from this year’s Crakehall Crank-Up, and spotlights some of the interesting stationary engines on show at the event.
January 8th saw Lenny and Rachel Flintoft once again invite a selection of friends to their annual private Crank-Up held at the village hall in the village of Crakehall, North Yorkshire. The event has been held for many years and is always well-attended by friends wanting to catch up and blow the cobwebs away in the winter months.
As usual there were approximately 30 engines on display, with our hosts showing a selection of their engines, and the rest comprising visiting engines from around the north of England, and even a few from over the Scottish border. We had taken our recently-acquired Hartop AV along for its first public outing in our ownership. It ran well all day and we look forward to running it at a few rallies during the summer.
One display which caught the eye – and generated a lot of interest from all at the show – was a Lister D-powered pump set, owned by Richard Gouldthorpe. The pump set is a twin-cylinder, with one being used for water and the other for air. It was originally used to power a sprinkler system. Another attendee, Keith Guthrie, had travelled down from Berwick upon Tweed with his Italian, Condor engine. These little engines were designed to be carried on the backs of soldiers. Keith had the engine driving a small dynamo. Although only a small engine, it’s not something I would want to carry very far on my back!
Throughout the day, tea, coffee and other refreshments were served by several helpers. Lenny, Rachel and all of their helpers deserve a huge ‘Thank you’ for all of their efforts in hosting the event each year, and for making everyone feel so welcome.
A donation bucket was put out and a small raffle was also held. In total, £150 was raised and this has since been donated to the Great North Air Ambulance.
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