The Bloxham Fair was held just outside the village in the summer of 1991 while I was away at Cannon AFB, NM; and my wife took David – standing here looking into the sun in front of an antique car – for a day of fun at the fair.
This picture of David in front of a Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was a particular favorite – as David’s grandfather had restored a 230 SL in Germany that looked very similar to this one.
David looks very thoughtful on this merry-go-round at the Bloxham Fair, and was settling in to his new life in Bloxham, England – which wasn’t the easiest of transitions from speaking German to now speaking British English at Temple Close Nursery School.
Tractors have always been a favorite of David’s – and here he drives a tractor on the merry-go-round at the Bloxham Fair – and looks to be quite enjoying himself at the time.
David stands beside a “traction engine” which was a big part of the Bloxham Fair; with many makes and models of these old motorized steam engines on display – that pre-dated the rise of the modern diesel tractors.
These traction engines on display at the Bloxham Fair, seemed to be “dinosaurs” from a primordial era that few are familiar with today – or are even aware that they once existed on the roads prior to gasoline and diesel driven cars and trucks.
Looking at a traction engine at the Bloxham Fair is like viewing some giant unknown beast on display in a museum that you would never have believed existed before.
Lined up like a row of circus elephants under the “big top,” these traction engines caught everyone’s attention as they walked by – because they still ran under their own steam power.
The small “herd” of traction engines on display at the Bloxham Fair put on a good showing for the crowd – which is evident from just looking at the pictures of the event – while I was attending F-111G upgrade training at Cannon AFB, NM.