Welcome to the 30th Oldtimer Festival of the ‘Historische Machineclub Kempen’, Belgium’s largest and most beautiful oldtimer tractor show, on 18 and 19 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 30th time this year.
The Oldtimer Festival started in 1988 in Ravels when some enthusiastic collectors of old agricultural vehicles and machinery decided to show their collection to the public. The interest was so overwhelming that soon it was decided to organise a yearly show named ‘Historische Oogstfeesten Ravels’, later renamed ‘Oldtimer Festival’. At first the agricultural life was at the centre, but in the meantime this event has developed into the biggest and most beautiful oldtimer tractor show of Belgium.
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, 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: Unique and never-before-seen ‘Belgian tractors and engines’!!
‘Made in Belgium’! It is a little-known fact that tractors were also built in Belgium in the past. These include brands like Allaeys, Claeys, Favache, Galman, Gardner-Vandezande, Motte, Ravell, and Stotz. Few were made and even fewer remain intact today. And despite this fact, the Historische Machineclub Kempen (Kempen Historical Machinery Club) has been able to find one example from every brand so that ultimately, every Belgian brand would be represented in this special theme. Various stationary engines from famous Belgian manufacturers, like ABC, Moës, Carels, Vervaeke, and others round out this collection.
If you prefer old army vehicles, lorries, cars, motorbikes and mopeds, that's not a problem – you can see them all at the Oldtimer Festival too!
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.
A lot of spectacular things are happening 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.
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.
The nostalgic funfair rides, like the old-fashioned swing ride and even an authentic caterpillar ride from 1937, provide additional entertainment! Young and old can enjoy these to their heart’s content at no extra charge. The little ones will have the time of their lives on the carousel, inflatable castles, or in the sandbox.
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 Party tent. 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 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