I have just spent five days in Holland attending the 21st 2009 Nuenen Stationary Engine Rally and enjoyed every minute of it, the engines, the people, the weather and being with all of your mates was fantastic.
As I write this my computer is down loading 294 pictures from my camera, PT-E come to the dark side its so much easier than film
, I travelled with Peter Forbes and his family and apart from some small boiling up problem with Peter's son Philip's LandRover which meant we had to stop a few times in Holland to top up his rad the journey to and from the Rally was faultless.
The Rally is what everyone who has been before says it is laid back, friendly, no yellow vis jackets, hardly any ropes and around one pen none at all, hot and cold toilets and showers and a feeling of friendlyness that is second to none.
To arrive and find that a large percentage of your Rally mates there to greet you and the making of new friends even though we had difficulties understanding each other is worth the journey.
One of the organisers told us that last year there was approx eleven British that had made the journey, this year he expected 48 of us.
The British roll call reads for those I knew are as follows Peter Forbes and family who I travelled with, Philip Thornton Evison and dry wit, Tex and his son Frank, Dan " I dont do boats and now ships" Howden, the Milestone Family Andy, Mike and James, Chris and his partner plus another friend all from the Beds and Bucks Stationary engine club, Gary and his very pregnant partner with thier Lister TL ( I want one) plus a load of other British including the French brothers.
I can now say if you have never been then you have to go, its worth the effort.
Pictures to follow as soon as the camera has cooled down
Finally, If anyone has a BAT campingstove for sale then please contact Philip Thornton-Evison who had a mild fit when he found out that I had found one before he did. Apparently he collects Bat stuff so any equipment from Robin would also be appreciated by Philip