Taste of EUROPE

International show lives up to its name

| October 2008

This spring, I was given a unique chance to visit the 20th Internationale Stationaire Motoren show in Nuenen, the Netherlands. Wayne Grenning and I had planned a trip to Europe on other related business, and we were able to schedule the trip to coincide with the rally May 11-12. We were not disappointed.

The show grounds, with no permanent buildings, was laid out much like typical shows in the United States, although campers, tents and vehicles were notably absent. Pretty much all you found on the grounds were the exhibits and support equipment.

And what exhibits there were! There were no fewer than four slide-valve engines, two of which were running. There were several inverted vertical engines on display, including one that was for sale in the flea market area. Imagine that in the U.S.! Needless to say, it sold quickly.

Other high quality exhibits included some amazing models, many sideshaft engines, and some more familiar names, like Fairbanks-Morse, "Amanco" (Associated Manufacturers Co.) and International Harvester. Engines of all shapes, sizes and ages came from all over the world, including England, France, Hungary and Germany. There were even a couple engines from Australia. There was also the flea market area where some of the engines were "te koop" (for sale). We even met some familiar faces from the states and Canada.

In addition to our stay at the show, we were able to see some very excellent private collections, and tour the German and Dutch countryside, seeking out obsolete technology that still exists. These included ancient windmill powered factories and a steam pumping station.

The exhibitors made us feel at home, and we were treated very kindly by all. It was a very enjoyable experience that I would recommend to anyone who is traveling to Europe during Whitsun Weekend, a bank holiday in the Netherlands that is always the seventh Sunday after Easter.