Truck Show Classics: 2016 Ewijk Festijn – The Kings Of The Road From My Youth

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Fond youth memories from the seventies and early eighties relived when I visited the classic vehicle show and fair in a village nearby. The event takes place every first sunday of June. It had been years since I visited the show, time to take a walk through memory lane again. Let’s have a look at my all- time favorite classics, the trucks built from the sixties to the eighties. Once common workhorses, now pampered by enthusiasts.

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A 1980 Scania 141 with a 375 hp 14 liter V8 engine. The King of the Road among most truck drivers: a Scania with a V8, then and now.

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Standard equipment on all European 6×2 trucks and tractors, a liftable tag axle.

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1970 Volvo N86 dump truck, powered by a 6.7 liter 6-cylinder turbo diesel.

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Evidently Fiat did not only build small stuff, above a RHD heavy-duty 690T2 tractor.

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1963 Magirus-Deutz Mercur 150, under its hood an air cooled 9.5 liter 6-cylinder diesel engine.

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The legendary Mercedes-Benz L-series, a 1513 dump truck with an Atlas crane.

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Still a daily driver, this 1986 Mercedes-Benz 2628 6×6 dump truck, also equipped with a PTO driven crane. GVM 26 metric ton, 280 hp engine; it says so on the door.

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The successful Volvo F88-F89 series was built between 1965 and 1977. Above a 1976 Volvo F88 4×2 tractor.

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Imported into the Netherlands 10 years ago, this 1992 Kenworth W900.

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On the other side of the truck-spectrum, in all possible ways, a 1965 Barkas B1000.

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Always nice to see a complete combination. The 1976 Volvo F88 tractor is towing a single-axle Floor semi-trailer for hauling bricks, tiles etc. It’s equipped with a Kennis rolloader crane.

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The crane’s left track.

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Splendid ! A 1956 Goliath Goli with a 461 cc 2-cylinder engine, ready for peddling fruit and vegetables.

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I love this attention to detail. Flipje (Dutch for Little Flip) from Tiel says hello.

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A 1980 MAN KAT1 4×4 military truck, powered by an air cooled Deutz 12.7 liter V8 diesel engine, 256 hp. Civilian MAN trucks have a water cooled MAN engine. The roots of MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg) can be traced back to 1758. Another thing worth knowing is that MAN built the world’s first direct injected diesel engine, in the year 1924.

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Off-road worthy super singles and coil springs all around.

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Clean 1955 Magirus-Deutz S3500 truck.

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A close-up view of its air cooled 5.3 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine. Deutz, another very old name. Its history goes back to 1864, when Carl Eugen Langen and Nicolaus August Otto founded the world’s first engine factory N.A. Otto & Cie. I give you a hint: the invention of the four-stroke internal combustion engine.

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The Netherlands. DAF trucks. Above a 1974 DAF V1600DD 4×4 dump truck.

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1967 DAF A1600DD (Frog-DAF) flatbed truck with a matching drawbar trailer.

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For the conventional customer, a 1968 DAF conventional truck (DAF Torpedo).

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1972 Scania 110 Super, 260 hp from its 11 liter 6-cylinder diesel engine.

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What a treat ! A 1978 DAF FA1600DT carrying a Russian 1965 GAZ 69M.

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1963 Ford Thames Trader 40 fire truck.

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Side-profile of a 1971 DAF FT2605DKA. The DAF 2600-series was introduced in 1962, designed as a long distance truck and tractor.

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1986 Leyland Roadrunner 10.12. The light Roadrunner truck model was introduced in 1984, later on it was sold as a Leyland DAF and DAF model (DAF took over Leyland Trucks in 1987).

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The Leyland’s cargo.

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Just a few more for the moped fans.

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The only thing this 1970 DAF FA1600DF needs is a dump bed for hauling grain.

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A heavy-duty 1973 Mercedes-Benz LPS2024 tractor unit.

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1943 Dodge WC51 military truck.

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The MAN box truck above is on a business trip.

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1978 Volkswagen T2 single-cab pickup. As far as I know wooden shoes with a VW-logo were never a factory option.

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Agreed ! A nice collection of classic farm tractors attending the show is already waiting for an article.