R.J.Phipps and Sons

Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2020

This family company have been travelling as ride-masters for many years. The first machine that I remember them having was an Octopus which, when at Redruth appeared on the site next to or on the one that was previously occupied by A.C.Whiteleggs Gallopers. The Octopus was hauled by a four wheel ERF which towed the ride centre and later a small paybox.

From this quite humble beginning in 1983 they purchased a Bennett twist NFATW40 that was built in 1964 and at Redruth this occupied the site of the old T.Whitelegg convertible Ark/Waltzer.  By the late 1980's the twist used to travel as a single artic load and travelled with one of the Anderton and Rowland sections and at the bigger fairs often stood beside Michael De-Vey of Anderton and Rowlands Twist machine.

In 2000, the Bennett twist was sold (and exported to Singapore in 2003) and R.J. Phipps & Sons invested in a brand new machine largely built by the family with major components and engineering from K.T.Enterprises (Keith Emmett).


Image (c) Greg Peters 2001. R.J.Phipps Twist entering St.Day

The machine was an excellent rider and appears to be easier to build and pull-down than previous models. It was also a lot faster for riders. The photo on this page was from Greg Peters (of World's Fair fame) and shows the machine pulling onto St Day in time for the village Feast fair in June 2001. Shortly after this photo was taken they had to take the hedge down to get the ride into the field. The machine was sold to Anderton and Rowlands , George DeVey Jnr. (January 2008), and sold to Simon DeVey (2012) under the same company banner.

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