Being on holiday in Leeds I thought I would drive over to the Fair Collection. It was 60 miles give or take but since I love this sort of stuff I felt it worth the drive. Perhaps it is a modest collection, but it's a good one. There's clearly a passion here, particularly with the organs - and not just the Wurlitzer but the fairground organs driven by the zig-zag paper method. It's all indoors but I was still staggered as to how loud these things are. To build one from new must have been something, to restore them - well my imagination gave up. It can only be passion and dedication and it shows.
There's also some pretty amazing models too, presumably working, of traction/showman's engines and a thresher from the 30s. Like I say, there's some dedication and passion here and despite the appearances of the photos, it shows.
There's no other way to house the collection but indoors, and the surroundings are maybe 'clinical', however, housing motorcycles and cars as well as tractors, traction and showman's engines (the showman's caravan is amazing) I was glad I went. That said, if I had to be brutally honest, it was, for me, on the edge of an acceptable distance to travel. Had this been over the 60-70 miles I would have been left wondering about the trip vs. collection. Nonetheless, if you like this sort of thing, it's worth seeing and quite good value.
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