Hundreds turn out to celebrate Bamfords
FARM machinery enthusiasts with a passion for products made by the iconic Bamford family turned out in force for the fifth vintage rally.
The Richard Bamford Vintage Trust organised the rally on land at Stramshall owned by enthusiast and retired dairy farmer David Bailey.
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Dennis Barlow, from Rocester, with his Bamford engine at the Richard Bamford Vintage Rally in Stramshall. Pictures by Shaun Smith
Left, Steve Bingham with his 1960 Morris Commercial lorry.
Sam Robinson, aged 15, of Denstone, with his 1962 Fordson Super Major tractor.
Above, Steve Nail, from Forsbrook ,with his Stuart R3 marine engine.
More than 600 visitors turned up for the two-day event last Saturday and Sunday, travelling from far afield.
Exhibits on show included stationary engines, tractors, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, pedal cycles and commercial and military vehicles.
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Mr Bailey, trust chairman, said: "It exceeded all our expectations.
"The weather was kind to us. We would like to thank all our sponsors for helping make it a very memorable event."
The takings covered the cost of staging the event – estimated at £1,200 – with money in the bank towards next year's show, which is pencilled in for September 4 and 5.
The trust will also be making a donation to St John who provided first aid cover.
Richard Bamford junior, nephew of Richard Bamford, after whom the charitable trust is named, also dropped in for a look around the rally on Sunday.
He helped with judging as well as presenting trophies to all the winners.
The Post & Times revealed last week how enthusiasts Andrew and Barbara Van Den Broek had made the 500-mile trip from their home in the Netherlands to visit the rally.
Andrew, aged 51, a ship engineer, and 53-year-old Barbara fell in love with the Bamford brand after buying an old engine made by the company, whose factory in Uttoxeter has recently been demolished.
He saved the machine in 2007 after it was earmarked for the scrapyard and he has spent one-and-a-half years patiently restoring it during his spare time.
The couple researched the firm and its machines on the internet and came across a website dedicated to Richard Bamford, a member of the family-run business which no longer exists.
Mr Van Den Broek said: "It's the first time we have been to this rally.
"Bamfords is very dear to us. We have learnt a lot about the firm."