Nationale Oldtimer Manifestatie

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We recently received an invitation to attend a show in Zuidlaren, the Netherlands, from G. Veenstra of Veenstra Instruments, Madame Curieweg 1, P.O. Box 115, NL 8500 AC Joure. Also enclosed was a brochure describing the show, held annually in April. While we weren't able to attend, those of you who are world travelers might find the following information of interest.

The National Old Timer Event in the Prins Bernhardhoeve in Zuidlaren (Netherlands) has grown to be one of the largest in Western Europe, not only in terms of the number of visitors (at least 36,268 in 1993), but also in terms of the layout. It therefore speaks for itself that the Prins Bernhardhoeve will be opening its doors again for enthusiastic car devotees, nostalgic adventurers, technical boffins, (amateur) restorers and others.

The Prins Bernhardhoeve, the second largest trade fair complex in the Netherlands, offers 40,000 square meters of sheltered exhibition space, where large numbers of carefully selected vintage time, the familiar exhibition programme of classic cars, motor cycles, lorries, buses, fire engines, tractors, caravans, machines and branded tools is being extended by airplanes, bicycles, carriages, heavy equipment, military vehicles and boats.

To restore Old Timers and classic models into prime condition or to keep them in perfect shape, spare parts are essential. Therefore an extensive range of spare parts will be available during the event, where collectors and restorers will find all the spare parts they need for their valuable and rare vehicles.

The National Old Timer Event is an enjoyable experience for the whole family. There are nostalgic fashion shows, music and dance performances, old fair ground attractions, not forgetting, of course, the Easter bunny. There is also a creche where even the youngest children can enjoy the whole day. Throughout the day a historical omnibus travels between the town centre of Gronigen and Zuidlaren via the old bus route.

The success of the National Old Timer Event can be mainly attributed to the quality of the displayed items, which are compiled with the utmost care under consultation with expert insiders. Associations, brand clubs, museums and individuals can exhibit their old timers free of charge.

You can register as a participant in the National Old Timer Event for next year by writing to the address above (G. Veenstra). Your presentation will then be included in the broad advertising campaign which will inform the public about the programme for that trade fair, exhibition and other activities.