A VISIT TO THE SECOND GREAT STATIONARY ENGINE RALLY LONGLEAT, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND

SCENES FROM ENGLAND'S SECOND GREAT STATIONARY ENGINE RALLY, JUNE 1981


| July/August 1982



Blackstone Hot Bulb 2HP

Blackstone Hot Bulb 2HP 1912; J. & E. Thorpe, Bridgwater. Somerset

Route 1, Box 66, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 53578.

What a coincidence! The Second Great Stationary Engine Rally at Longleaf was held during the same three weeks my wife, Pearlie, and I chose to vacation in Great Britain as a special 25th wedding anniversary trip. Leave it to an engine enthusiast to figure that out!

We departed from Minneapolis on June 15, late in the afternoon, and arrived at Gatwick Airport, south of London, early June 16.

Upon arrival we were met by Brian Money and his wife, Vern. Although we had corresponded for many years, Brian and I had never met. They took us to their home near Chipping Norton, Oxon, which is about 90 miles northwest of London. It is located in the very picturesque Cottswold area of England. During the three weeks we vacationed in Great Britain, it was the Money's home that was our headquarters and 'home away from home.'

Five days were spent traveling with the Moneys in and around the Cottswolds. We enjoyed seeing the lush, green countryside, the quaint well-kept villages, and the beautiful older homes. There was an abundance of flowering roses in the villages, and many thatched roofs are seen. During these days and the rest of the trip we found that the local pub was the best place to go for your food. Each one seemed to have a personality all of its own, and the food was usually superb.

One day we spent traveling to Birmingham where we visited the Museum of Science and Industry. Here there were many very good examples of the earliest British engines. I was most impressed with the nice restoring and the fact that many of these engines-both large and small-were operated on a regular schedule.