Steam at The Hoops in Bassingbourn…

Crowds flocked amid glorious sunshine to the 7th Steam at the Hoops in Bassingbourn on Saturday 21st May.

Held at The Hoops to raise money for the Village Pensioners outing and local Charities the event goes from strength to strength. This year it was attended by no less than three magnificent local Showman’s Road Locomotives, A Garrett Showman’s Steam Tractor, two Aveling and Porter Steam Rollers and a recently restored Sentinel S4 Waggon. The full sized engines were joined by several Miniature engines ranging from 6 inch Fodens to 4 inch Traction Engines of various types. Adding to the exhibits were Vintage and Classic Cars, Motorbikes, Commercials and Tractors. A large display of Mamod engines was awarded The Bob Clarke Memorial Trophy for the best exhibit. A 48 Key Fairground Organ added to the wonderful carnival atmosphere.

Entertainment for Children was provided with a free bouncy castle and face painting, whilst the adults were tempted by the raffle and auction.

Organiser Clive Flack said “We are grateful to Russell, Tracy and the staff for making us all so welcome, all the helpers and of course all the exhibitors who make the event possible and so enjoyable. Thanks also to our Sponsors Craftmaster Paints. We were also supported by the Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society and the Bassingbourn Branch of the Royal British Legion”.

Steam at The Hoops 2022 – Evening Image – photographed by Clive Flack

Fullsize Steam Engines Attending were: Burrell Showman’s Road Locomotive “Nero” – Garrett 4CD Showman’s Tractor “Mighty Atom” – Aveling & Porter 10 ton Roller “William” – Aveling & Porter 6 ton Roller “Bostin” – Fowler Showman’s Road Locomotive “Girlie” – Burrell Showman’s Road Locomotive “Winston Churchill” – Sentinel S4 Steam Waggon.

Note Sentinel used the spelling Waggon for all their steam lorries. Other makers used the spelling Wagon.

Article & photography Clive Porter Photography 
Steam at the Hoops 2022 – Barrie Sant, enjoying the day


Steam at the Hoops 2022 – Robert Tyler last minute polish up
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – Busy Activity
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – Charley Allen Stoking Up
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – Magnificent Showmen’s Engines
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – Max Denyer face-painting
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – Pete Lewis with his very rare 1924 Blackburn Special motorcycle
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – The Scene outside the pub
Steam at the Hoops 2022 – Russell, landlord of The Hoops, presents his 7th Steam Day
Steam at the Hoops 2022 – Holly Denyer having a sparkling day
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – Sophie Warzecha Tractor Girl
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – William Middlemas with his Burrell Showmans
Steam at The Hoops 2022 – A traditional Morris Cowley