The other day I read a small announcement in the local newspaper about a classic vehicle club having the start of their 2017 spring tour in a village nearby, on Sunday April 30. One has to set priorities on a sunny Sunday morning, so off we went.
The club’s name is Klassiek Mechaniek Zeeland, from the village of Zeeland. Not to be confused with the Province of Zeeland, let alone with the country Nieuw Zeeland aka New Zealand. Enough small talk, time to let the oldtimers speak for themselves.
By far the biggest vehicle at the tour’s starting point was a 1955 Scania-Vabis. This brute is a recreation of the utterly rare, as in prototype rare, Scania-Vabis LS85 from the early fifties. It’s powered by an 11.3 liter inline-8 diesel engine.
1987 FTF tractor unit, powered by a two-stroke Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engine.
Air suspension on the drive axle, the truck manufacturer’s name is on the mud flaps.
1984 Citroën 2CV6.
1977 Chrysler Cordoba.
1968 Jaguar 420.
1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 4.5 (W108).
1929 Ford Model A.
1969 Opel Kadett B Coupe.
1979 BMW 518.
1996 Jaguar XJS Convertible.
1951 Peugeot 203A Convertible.
1989 Volkswagen Jetta CL 1.6 Automatic.
1960 Volvo PV544.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Convertible (W111).
1958 Chevrolet Apache Fleetside.
1967 Ford Mustang Coupe.
1964 Cadillac Sedan DeVille.
1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (W121 BII).
1974 Citroën DS.
1973 Dodge Charger.
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 (W121 BI).
1965 Mercedes-Benz 190 (W110).
The two generations side by side.
1972 BMW 2002 Baur Targa.
1974 Mercedes-Benz 250 Coupe (W114).
1971 Opel Kadett B Coupe.
1954 Chevrolet 3100 with a 1953 front, correct me if I’m wrong.
1967 Wartburg 353.
1951 Opel Olympia.
1973 Peugeot 504.
1964 Fiat Nuova 500.
1973 MG B hiding behind a 1951 Cadillac.
1974 military DAF YA 66.
1978 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Cheyenne.
1981 Fiat (124) Spider 2000 USA.
The Jetta without a trunk, a 1984 Volkswagen Golf CL 1.6 Automatic.
1950 Citroën Traction Avant.
1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Automatic (W113).
For a change the last show pictures are not automotive related. This castle, Kasteel Hernen, is located within a stone’s throw of the club’s meeting point. It dates back to the 14th century. Way, way before the work of men like Nikolaus Otto, Carl Benz and Henry Ford changed the world.