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A ‘Gigantic’ trip across London

McLaren Gigantic in London

James Hamilton helped McLaren Gigantic pick its way across London to the astonishment of residents and visitors alike. The full story is told in the November 2014 issue of Vintage Spirit, along with James' superb photography taking in the main landmarks along the way including The Mall, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral…


NTET 60th Anniversary Road Run

NTET 60th Anniversary Road Run

Publicised for over a year, the National Traction Engine Trust's 60th Anniversary Road Run was an eagerly awaited event and will live long in the memory, with a total of around 180 full size and miniature steam engines taking part. In the November issue, John Maund travels to Bedfordshire to provide our first report on this well…


Cumnock Collection in Ayrshire

Cumnock Collection

Jim Smith from Cumnock owns one of the finest collections of mechanical memorabilia in Ayrshire. In the November issue, Bob Weir goes to the former stomping ground of Scotland’s most famous bard, Robert Burns, to pay him a visit. Full story in the November 2014 issue


Vintage Spirit at the 2014 Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Steam Heritage Restoration Services marquee at the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2014

Catch up with the Vintage Spirit team at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in the Steam Heritage Restoration Services Marquee. See the blog on the Steam Heritage website for details of the range of attractions and exhibitors at the marquee, including newly-restored Burrell No.2159 (as featured in the current issue).


2015 Vintage Spirit Calendars are now in stock!


The 2015 Vintage Spirit calendars have arrived from the printers and are now available at £6.95 plus postage. In a change to the previous format, the calendars fold out to A3 size with a picture on the top and the dates below. They are printed on good quality card and I have to say, I am impressed with the quality. We will have good stocks at…


Burrell 2159 is back!

Burrell 2159

Venerable Burrell 2159 made a triumphant return to the rally scene in July 2014. In the September 2014 issue Brian Gooding tells the story of her restoration. You can see Burrell 2159 at this year's Great Dorset Steam Fair outside the Steam Heritage Restoration Services Marquee. More details on the Steam Heritage website >


Records for Rhoda

Rhoda crosses the finishing line at Lands End after the long trip from John o’Groats

At just about 2pm, on Friday 20th June, Michael Fuller’s Aveling & Porter roller No.14044, Rhoda, crossed the finishing line at Land’s End, having spent two weeks travelling from John o’Groats, the first steam roller to have done the ‘End to End’ trip. John Reeves was there for Vintage Spirit to capture the event –…


Opinions Aired at Banfield Sale

Peter Hammond reports on the road transport sale of the estate of the late Michael Banfield in the August 2014 issue of Vintage Spirit. Comprising well over 1,100 lots, from spares, automobilia, literature and a selection of restored and un-restored vehicles, the sale held on site at Iden Grange, near Staplehurst, Kent on Friday 13th & Saturday…


Sixty Years with Steam - concluding part

Daniel brothers seen at Fawley Hill together on an engine!

In the June, July and August 2014 issues of VIntage Spirit, John Reeves has been telling the story of the Daniel brothers from Cornwall and their association and love of steam for 60 years. In this last part of the story, we look at their engines and involvement in the preservation scene.


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