| March/April 1985

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The number of approved steam and gas (petrol) rallies held in Great Britain each year runs between 70 and 80, according to Jack Wharton, president of the National Traction Engine Club.

We were able to speak with the president on our recent visit to England, through arrangements made by Denis Brandt, former public relations director for the National Traction Engine Club. Wharton lives at Southern Down, Minster Lovell, Oxford OX8 5RD.

We asked for the attendance total at the biggest 1984 show.

Wharton replied that this was the Stourpaines rally in the south of England. It was attended by 103,000 in three days in September.

As in the U.S. and Canada, not all shows or rallies are big. Some are neighborhood get-togethers; others are held on a large acreage, with many engines on view.

Very few engines appear at the NTEC shows, Wharton found. One, a Waterloo, was offered for sale at Stourpaines but at last report was still in England.