In difficult times, Pandemic, Fuel Shortage & Torrential Rain (on Sat), it was great to see so many club members overcoming the conditions. A big Thank You to those who made a positive contribution to a great weekend.
Good to see a comprehensive collection of Atco's & JP's. I didn't take many photo's, but if you did please add them.
Highlight for me was actually getting to hold Paul Harvey's fantastic Ransomes, Sims & Head, 'Little Gem' & a worthy winner of the Andrew Grout Plate.
An amazing little mower, patented in 1875 and designed to be a 'Reversible' mower by switching the handle over when the blade blunt to allow the cylinder to cut in the opposite direction utilising the other side of each blade. As with Ransomes Reversible model which flipped over, these mowers were introduced no doubt to bypass Thomas Greens patent for flipping the cylinder over on the Silens Messor.
It would appear Paul's is the only Little Gem that has surfaced in recent years & in my extensive research I have only found evidence so far of 2 others both 6in models that existed in the 20th century, one of which mysteriously disappeared from a Yorkshire museum in the 1980's, discovered to be absent when they completed an audit of their collection in 1991.
If anyone knows of any other Little Gem's please let us know.
Only 7 months to go & we will be preparing for another great weekend.