Cheffins held their popular spring sale at their saleground at Sutton near Ely on Saturday 22nd April. This is always a popular event attracting many people on a social basis along with the serious buyers.
Six complete steam engine were offered, with only the pair of Fowler ploughing engines selling under the hammer for £140,000, with the other engines failing to reach their reserves. The iconic Wallis traction engine “Eileen the Erring”, which was owned by the late Giles Romanes before spending many years in Essex, found a new home after the auction.The Fowler TE2 was in steam and looked smart, and the McLaren “The Banshee” was looking different without its showmans fittings, but both fell short of the vendors’ expectations, as did the lovely Burrell traction engine “Old Glory” which stalled at £114,000. It wasn’t all bad news though, and we congratulate our member Allan Marchington and his family on adding a Fowler Hercules tractor in pieces but with very interesting history to their collection.