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It is out with the old at the ever-popular steam rally

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 22, 2013

By Chlöe Smith

  • Brothers Keith, left, and Reg Chessun from Hayle on a couple of classic BSA motorbikes.

  • Nigel Dunstan of Carharrack on his Foster 4 inch miniature steam engine in the parade. Ref : TRGH20130810B-017_C

  • This mighty Keck Gonnerman steam engine from 1913 owned by the Bawden family was a highlight of the steam parade at Carnhell Green. Ref : TRGH20130810B-014_C

  • Show president Fred Pascoe with Mark Fellows, left, who won the cup for Class 1 steam.

  • This mighty Keck Gonnerman steam engine from 1913 owned by the Bawden family was a highlight of the steam parade at Carnhell Green. Ref : TRGH20130810B-016_C

  • Nigel Dunstan of Carharrack on his Foster four-inch miniature steam engine in the parade.

  • Len Williams on his 1941 Standard Fordson tractor in the tractor parade at Carnhell Green vintage rally chats with show president Fred Pascoe . Ref : TRGH20130810B-007_C

  • Brian Paul from Camborne with his 1954 Morris Minor split-screenTraveller.

  • Walter Mankee from Camborne with his "pride and joy" an iconic 1963 Mini Cooper that attracted much interest at the Carnhell Green vintage rally. Ref : TRGH20130810B-012_C

  • Colin and Tanya Benney with the shield for the best Massey tractor in the show, with a 1965 Ferguson 135.

  • Trevor Wearne from Lanner with his 1957 Morris 1000 van in the commercial vehicle section of the rally at Carnhell Green. Ref : TRGH20130810B-025_C

  • Philip Hocking from St Ives with the cup for best tractor and implement in the show. Ref : TRGH20130810B-006_C

  • Harry Gotts from Four Lanes drives Sorrell and Willow into the ring during the heavy horse parade.

  • Keith Trickey with Jimbo.

  • The ever popular demonstration of thrashing drew a big crowd at the show to watch this Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies machine from 1940 in action. Ref : TRGH20130810B-021_C

  • Master thatcher Steve Tregoning from Camborne during a demonstration of his craft at the rally.

  • Chris Blewett of Praze behind the wheel of his 1922 Model T Ford at the vintage rally at Carnhell Green. Ref : TRGH20130810B-019_C

  • Paul and Margaret Hill from Carharrack behind the wheel of their unusual left hand drive Citroen DS from 1971. Ref : TRGH20130810B-013_C

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A RECORD number of entries ensured that the annual Carnhell Green Vintage Rally was one of the best yet.

Now in its 20th year, the rally attracted thousands to the grounds at Carnhell Green on Saturday to enjoy the steam engines, vintage tractors, cars and motorbikes.

Each year a special guest is invited to officially open the rally; this year it was George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, who attended the event.

Fred Pascoe has been the president of Carnhell Green Charity Vintage Rally since it started 20 years ago and believes this year did not disappoint.

"We had one of the best events we have ever had. Each section was up on other years; it was very successful," he said.

A total of £7,800 was raised from the rally, which will be split between St Julia's Hospice, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Children's Hospice South West.

Over the past 20 years the rally has raised more than £115,000 for the three Cornish charities.

Motor enthusiasts were kept busy with nearly 300 cars and motorbikes at the rally and a parade with more than 100 tractors and 50 steam engines.

Prizes were awarded in a variety of categories to the best vintage vehicles.

Visitors could watch a range of demonstrations of old farming methods, such as thrashing, as well as thatching, wood cutting and Cornish stone hedging.

Five shire horses were part of the heavy horse parade in the main ring and a dog show kept younger visitors entertained.

The car boot sale was extremely popular, leaving organisers struggling to find space to fit everyone in.

Mr Pascoe added: "We have a good working committee; I'd like to thank them all and all the helpers.

"It's a good community event."

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