Welcome to the 29th Oldtimer Festival of the ‘Historische Machineclub Kempen’, Belgium’s largest and most beautiful oldtimer tractor show, on 19th and 20th August at the Weelde-Ravels airfield.
If you love vintage tractors and other machines, don’t miss the Oldtimer Festival, which is being held in Ravels for the 29th time this year.
The Oldtimer Festival exhibits an immense collection of antique machines. Hundreds of antique tractors in a wide range of brands, models and types, with gasoline, diesel or petrol engines, are all on display. One of the stars is the famous hot-bulb engine tractors; its extraordinary start-up ritual is always spectacular to watch.
There are large, imposing and powerful American prairie tractors, such as the Aultman & Taylor and the Rumely Oil Pull, dating from early last century.
Of course, we haven’t forgotten about the stationary engines either. Large and small, they are all there. Many driving all kinds of machines.
Theme: tractors with cushion tires
The first tractors originally had iron wheels that could be used to work the fields and on the many unpaved roads of the time. But once paved roads became more prevalent and tractors started being used for transport, the iron wheels were wearing out too quickly and were no longer comfortable enough. That is why the 4 wheels where equipped with a massive rubber tire, called ‘cushion tire’. Not only did the tires last longer, they also provided more comfort thanks to the cushioning capacity of the rubber. Cushion tires were used for a long time in the transport sector until they were replaced by more comfortable air tires. Join us at the Old-timer Festival where you will find a beautiful collection of these old transport tractors with cushion tires.
Do you like steam? Come and admire the 100-year-old steam tractors, steam-rollers and steam lorries. The Lanz steam locomobile is already more than 100 years old but can still keep an old clog-maker’s shop going, just like before. In the meantime, the antique saw benche is driven by the Minneapolis-Moline steam tractor, which is already a century old.
Do you remember the large threshers the contractors used to take from farm to farm to thresh the wheat? You can admire such a thresher like the old Fricke in full swing.
Among the many historic army vehicles such as lorries, jeeps and halftracks, two old tanks stand out in particular. They frequently show its tricks at the demo site. Truly sensational, you will not see this anywhere else!
There is plenty of spectacle to go around at the demo site. Old tractors are working their way through the sand whilst dragging along a plough, harrow, tree logs or an old scraper. Also an old dragline is up and about together with an old GMC dump truck. . Another sensation at the Tractor Pulling, where old-timer tractors show how strong they still are. And a special attraction for those who dare, a real para-climbing tower with death ride !
The old authentic caravans create a special atmosphere. No less than 50 are present. Also check out the interior. Handmade woodcarving and carved windows turn some of them into real gems.
Feel free to browse the big spare parts market for all kinds of old and new stuff. You can also find oldtimer books and instruction manuals.
Free entertainment is aplenty for young and old at the nostalgic funfair featuring an old carousel and an old-fashioned spinning machine. There is also a shooting gallery and 2 bouncy castles. The little ones can splash out in a real sandpit.
A visit to the Oldtimer Festival is really worthwhile. Next to the 2000 machines which you can admire it is also a tremendous fun family happening.
Delicious Belgian beers and pleasant music provide sociability in the marquee. For those who are hungry there is extensive and high-quality catering. What possibly could you want more? So come and enjoy!
The grounds are situated at the airfield of Weelde, suburb of Ravels. A unique, lovely location with lots of green, paved roads and squares. The airfield can be accessed via the N119 = ‘Steenweg op Baarle-Hertog’, Turnhout. Signs are present.
You are welcome on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Entrance: € 7, children -12 years free.
H.M.C.K. - Schoolstraat 25 - B 2381 Ravels