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News from the Editor September/October 2015

I make no apology for wheeling out the black band again. This time not for a member but to remember those people sadly caught up in the Shoreham Air Show disaster. This event has not only rocked the community of Shoreham but also the Vintage community as a whole, which […]

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LOOSE FLYWHEELS AND PULLEYS

The end of February and the beginning of March 2015 was the time of the 15th NATIONAL HISTORICAL MACHINERY RALLY in Australia at a place called Carrick in Tasmania. On the Friday, a small MacDonald horizontal diesel engine was running happily away, unattended with the flywheels parallel to the fence. […]

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SAFETY MOST IMPORTANT

With Thanks to Tim Keenan, and his friend the editor, Roger Walton the following has been reproduced from the newsletter of the Vintage Engine Restorers club of Auckland (VERA).  Tuesday 3rd March 2015 While driving his Hart-Parr, using the PTO to operate a reaper/binder while wearing bib type overalls, Terry […]

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My time with Stationary Engines Part 3

by Ian Sampson Another trip to collect engines in the early days was to a small pump house across a couple of fields at Lower Beeding. I was told by a friend that there was an engine driving a deep well pump which was available for a small price. I […]

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Vintage Coach Trip

Again another non SEAMS event, this trip was organised by John Moss and Ian Sampson and used a vintage 1961 Harrington Cavalier bodied Leyland Leopard Coach formerly operated by Southdown and now lovingly looked after by a group of enthusiasts. Peter Radbourne, our regular driver for SEAMS trips, is registered […]

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West Grinstead Countryside Festival

            Often simply referred to by the regulars as the Church Rally, this community event supports the ancient St George’s Church and the Parish. Tucked away from the main A24 and B2135, this makes for a nice rural feel to the event. The Saturday was […]

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Saddlescombe Farm Lambing Day

Once again a SEAMS contingent supported Camilla and Roly’s (the Farm Tenants) Lambing event on the Sunday 12th April. Another dry if cold day was enjoyed by 6 members with a total of 8 engines on display. We had hoped this event might grow but visitors seemed much on a […]

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Club Bring & Buy, Hassocks

Despite the mix up on dates, this event was blessed with a dry, if cold day and plenty of visitors, sellers and a few exhibitors. I believe some   good trading was done throughout the morning and many took time out to go and try the new Restaurant, very nice! Favourite […]

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News from the Editor May/June 2015

Well the rally season is upon us once again, and its been a good start so far. I write this after a successful weekend, out and about with club members, albeit not at club events and in deference to the weather forecast! The good and bad news on the membership […]

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P.L.U.T.O. (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) follow up

A follow up by Cliff  Noble I was very interested in John Moss’s article about P.L.U.T.O. in the last Engine Torque. When we were dismantling and removing the 13HF Gardner from the McAlpine site at Hayes in 1971, some of the older staff interested in its survival mentioned that 12HF’s […]

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