Title ID 8354Collection ID1057
TitleArdingly Historic Vehicles Spectacular
CollectionArthur Nixey
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeTransport Working Life
KeywordsChildren Exhibitions Fairgrounds Fire Services Food Games Industry Leisure Time Activities Men Motor Vehicles Passenger Vehicles Rural Areas Steam Locomotives Trades Transport
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionArthur Nixey
CameraArthur Nixey
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour film shows the Ardingly Historic Transport Spectacular show in 1981 at Ardingly showground. Highlights include mixed views of the main arena with steam traction engines on show; views of several fairground rides and amusement stalls; and a working model fairground made from Meccano. Additional mixed views of smaller standing or stationary engines and a convoy of miniature traction engines complete the film.


This film opens with a view of the main arena at the Ardingly Historic Transport Spectacular show in 1981, at Ardingly showground. Views of various steam powered traction engines pass the camera, and are followed by shots of several standing or stationary engines and water pumps in action. Several of the stationary engine exhibitors have show panels with collections of small metal plaques from the shows they have exhibited, followed by a close-up of a sign for the display of 'Stationary Engines'. Mixed views of several steam traction engines in a row are followed by several industrial roadwork and construction engines passing the camera in convoy. Engines include: a signwritten vehicle marked: 'Radcliffe & Son Transport Contractors London SE25', a traction engine with steam roller and a large steam powered organ. The scene ends with a with a parade of working tractors.

The next scenes feature general views of the show including: a working Meccano model fairground in a marquee; a display of vintage Ford cars; a full-sized fairground carousel; a helter-skelter slide and various amusement stalls. The scene then cuts to a long shot of a fully extended fireman's ladder on the back of a fire truck, with a man at the top, followed by views of a traditional cider-making stall and a traditional cider apple press. A steam traction engine is shown branded 'The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu', along with a large pipe organ named: 'Lady Hampton' '89 Key Grand Orchestral Organ'. Views of several vintage motorcycles and a convoy of miniature traction engines complete the film.