WHAT'S ON AT CROMFORD STEAM?
2023 saw Cromford Steam Rally expanding, making it a bigger and better show than before. Not all sections were in the usual area as we have had to make room for new exhibits and displays. The military section was a lot bigger as we continued to expand our displays and vehicles. We also saw two new sections, the car section which had a modern classic area and a small 'invite only' modern working truck section. We also saw more exhibits in the motorcycle, tractor and stationary engine areas with the working plant area seeing more plant than ever.
There was parades in the main arena from our regular vehicle sections, including steam engines, commercials, military, motorcycles, tractors, vintage & classic cars, along with a few surprises on the day. Also at the event was an olde tyme fair, fair organs, along with the model tent, bygones, Trade and Charity Stalls, and not forgetting hot & cold refreshments.
Please scroll down the page to find out what other attractions where at this years show.
THE WALL OF DEATH
The Wall of Death has been synonymous with speed and danger since it's conception back in the early part of the 20th century. The Original Wall of Death harks back to those early days, with the Wall being constructed in 1928, and the bikes, Indian Scouts, made in 1921.
All those who see the show will remember it for the rest of their life. The noise, the speed, the smell, the proximity of the bikes ridden to the top of the wall, barely 6 inches from the audience - an experience never to be forgotten!
Scale EARTHMOVING Models
Scale Earthmoving Models will be showcased their model plant vehicles in the model tent. The group are a working scale model, design and manufacturing company with a wealth of experience, underpinned with state of the art CAD-CAM technology and a team of designers and engineers whose creativity and innovation.
Perfect Vintage Singers
Brian and Cherie are a vocal duo who have performed all over the U.K. and are highly regarded in the vintage scene. Their fun performances, great sense of humour and love for all things vintage shines through along with a great rapport with the audience.
You can expect to hear all the classic songs from each era, bringing back those delightful memories of times gone by.
Professor Paul Temple's Punch & Judy
Professor Paul Temple has performed his famous Punch & Judy Show at events throughout the UK for the last 35 years
Most recently his show was seen on Channel 5's Television show "Billionaire Birthday Babies " The show has been updated for modern audiences while retaining all of the traditional fun and excitement. It’s a show that has something to keep everyone laughing, with all the usual mad cap antics of Mr Punch and his traditional squeaky voice, the Crocodile and of course the sausages.
Military Living History Groups
The Notts and Derby 1939-45 Living History Group, showcased their original and replica memorabilia with a focus on the infantry, the gunners and the armour of our famous County Regiments such as: the Sherwood Foresters, the South Notts Hussars Yeomanry, the Nottinghamshire Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. They will also be joined by Lincolnshire re-enactment display group with their cross section of all 4 infantry battalions of the Lincolnshire regiment during WWII.
Iconic WWII Aircraft
The Iconic WW2 aircraft group are re-enactors with something special to offer. This year they displayed their Messerschmitt Me109-E4 which has recently been seen on the BBC drama SAS - Rogue Heroes. Scratch built from original plans, this exceptionally rare aircraft with living history display, featuring Luftwaffe pilots and groundcrew will be a true sight to see.
On-The-Beat Classic Cars
On-The-Beat Classic Cars are a unique group grooving right back to the swinging '60s. displaying a majority of police vehicles. There is a display of Police uniform and related items from the 30s to the 60s too. The 1960s uniformed re-enactment group will be patrolling the area to give history on the vehicles or to pose for a photo opportunity!
The Ragged Victorians
The 'Ragged Victorians - The Great Unwashed' are an award winning living history group,re-enacting the lower classes of Victorian England, c1851. They have research and respectfully, enter into the lives of these poor unfortunate souls. Dressing in the clothes of the time, using the language, the goods and the currency, to portray, as near to life as possible, the hardships they endured.
Chapeltown Silver Prize Band
Chapeltown Silver Prize Band, now based in High Green (near Chapeltown) in Sheffield, is an ambitious and successful brass band competing in the First Section with a history dating back to the 1870s. They will be performed on both Saturday and Sunday.
Great Oak Forge Blacksmith
Great Oak Forge blacksmith, Ben Cooper, was demonstrating over the weekend. He specialises in hand made iron household items. His work is functional, unique and will add character to any house.
Vintage Trial Bikes
Vintage trial motorcycles was at this years show. They was giving demonstrations of their riding skills on a purpose built course near the working area.
FUN DOG SHOW
The Fun Dog Show was new to Cromford Steam Rally this year. Hosted by Ashbourne Animal Welfare.
CLASSES WHERE: Most Handsome Dog | Prettiest Female | Waggiest Tale
Junior Handler | Best Biscuit Catcher | Rescue | Top Dog
Lost of lovely prizes and rosettes kindly sponsored by Hasland Pet Supplies.
Fri/Sat Night Entertainment
There was some great entertainment on Friday and Saturday night in the beer tent. Local band FOG (Four Old Geezers) performed on Friday night playing rock and blues covers with some surprises on the night. Saturday saw the very popular Doghouse playing hits from the sixties to the present day, supported by the very talented Lynsay Ellis female vocalist.
New to the event was the Mavericks Native American & Cowboy Display Team. A living history group that told the story of the American Wild West.