1998 Internationale Stationaire Motoren Show at Nuenen, The Nethelands

A Dutch gas engine adventure

| December/January 1998

We attended the 1998 Internationale Stationaire Motoren Show at Nuenen, The Nethelands, - a premier showcase of European gas engines. We took 'The Mascot,' a model engine driving a pump which is a freehand model fabricated from stock materials. 'Mascot' derives from 'Mason Cottage Industries' me and my backyard workshop! Mascot is conveniently car-boot (trunk)-portable, and many a happy hour was spent prior to the event making a transport-cum-display box for it as the sense of anticipation built up for this fantastic antique gas engine show.

Six hours from Harwich and via the excellent Dutch road system and we were there to find Walter Van Gulik and his equally energetic and enthusiastic co-organizers Anton Van De Cruijsen and Gerrit Jonker, together with their wives, sons and daughters, busily involved, with quite a lot happening even as the sun began to set. Overall, a unique blend of informality and organization prevailed. A very nice site, adjacent to De Boshoevean excellent establishment serving equally excellent beer, where an evening meal had been laid on at the very modest cost of 25 guilders with (basic but adequate) bed and breakfast at the same price. First impression we like it!

During the meal, we met English visitors from as far a field as Lancashire and Sussex. At this stage I offer a public-apology to the lady who wondered what meat we were eating. I mischievously suggested horse. Sorry Norfolk 'humor' can be slightly sick! Anyway it tasted good. I got Walter to translate my engine notice in case the only Dutchman not able to speak English turned up. He didn't!

The next day dawned bright and sunny and things got going quite early with some very exciting events. Starting a mighty National marine engine was one by backing up a tractor, and using the rear wheel as a friction drive.

Then there was the gas turbine nothing equaled it as a crowd-puller and crowd-disperser all rolled into one. Just inside the gate was a majestic Thomas-son hot bulb engine driving a vacuum pump, slower running and quieter than steam straight up! A kind of gentle sigh every five seconds or so. This is a Dutch engine made in Arnhem, which is quite near the rally site and the makers are still in business.

I have three outstanding memories the variety and rarity of many exhibits, the generally superb standard of restoration and the friendliness of the people. We had literally hours of really interesting conversation and made many new friends. We met the Juffer family who exhibited a pair of highly unusual Swedish Krimo two-strokes fitted with crossheads a-la-steam. We met Otfried Muller from southern Germany who is looking for small (he emphasized small), engines for his collection. Anyone prepared for a sad farewell in exchange for a wad of DM, please contact me and I'll put you in touch.