V-C Miscellany, January 1997

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We learn that the one-off re-enactment in Northamptonshire by the National Traction Engine Trust of the 1907 steam road trials went off very well. The road routes were well supported, with some 100 engines entered, the shortest one, of 16 miles, being steamed by model traction engines as well as full-sized ones. Some models even towed trailers, one brave individual occupying a very cramped box-trailer. I went to the first such rally, in Giles Romaine’s fields in 1954; Trust member No 2, he was present this time and was presented with a commemorative award by member No 1, Stanton Drew.

A high-class book about the 1907 Commercial Vehicle Trials, with photographs, is available at the very modest price of £3 from the NTET’s Sales Office, 93 Devon Road, Luton LU2 ORL.

Amman & DMC intends to hold another South Wales Novices Rally in March, with a night section, for historic cars, entry fee £85. It was won last year by J Filsell/Rev M Prevett in a 1958 A35. Apply to Mrs R Evans, 34 Oddfellow Street, Ystrandyniais, Powys SA9 1LH. WB