Martin Pimlott reports from a select gathering organised to celebrate a very special, 100-year-old Blackstone Oil Engine.
Back in June, Desmond and Terry Bostock – owners of the Blackstone oil engine, serial number 142605 – held a small and private crank-up on their property, to celebrate the engine’s 100th birthday.
The Blackstone, a type AS rated at 6½hp, was tested on the June 29th, 1920, and supplied new to ML Blamey & Sons of Truro, Cornwall.
To add a little more atmosphere to the occasion, there were five Powell engines running throughout the day, including two with consecutive numbers; 2244 and 2245.
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