Jerry's old engines in South Africa

Koos Kriel's 10th annual Engine Day - 30th July 2005
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Koos Kriel and his wife Ria of Potchefstroom held their annual engine "get together" on the 30th July 2005.

This is one of the events that we look forward to. It is a private function open only to "engine men" and the like - public are not allowed. Collectors come from far and wide with their engines to display them in Koos's garden and sit around listening to them run and swopping news. They also almost get suffocated by carbon monoxide fumes:-)

The day started off with a prayer and a speech by Koos. He welcomed a number of young newbies to the game (obsession?) including my daughter Jacqui. Koos is a retired army sergeant major and also let us know, in no uncertain terms, that he did not appreciate having to pick up cigarette butts from his garden and fish pond after last years show and that if he found one filthy cigarette butt in the garden the next day then this would be the last show that he would have. We smokers treaded very carefully thereafter.

Koos only has a reatively small garden and this year being, his 10th show, had expressed the wish to have at least 100 engines displayed and running. Well they packed them in and the last I heard was the tally of 106 engines excluding Koos's own 13 engines standing to one side. Engines were parked so close to each other that you had to move the next engine to one side to be able to start yours. Be that as it may, a good time was had by everyone. There were also a few tractors parked outside on the pavement.

My daughter Jacqui unveiled her 1964 Wolseley Senator. She is believed to be the first lady in South Africa to own and have restored an engine - she actually learnt how to use an angle grinder, sandpaper, body filler and elbow grease and was asisted by her boyfriend, Shaun Fourie. Compliments were the order of the day and it took about a week to wipe the smile from her face. Her pic is the first one below.

Stationary Engine List member George Botha had a Krupps corn grinder (believed to date back to the Boer War days) belted up to a 1944 Lister B and made mealie meal which was cooked to go with the salads prepared by Ria for lunch. Everyone brought their own meat for a braai (barbeque to you overseas guys).

Of interest to SEL members was the total absence of fencing or barriers. This being an "engine man" get together people (and their children) are expected to understand the dangers of moving parts and behave accordingly. Although children were present, they were well behaved and not even any "near misses" were recorded. We actually do not have fences or barriers at any of our shows and welcome people to get up close and see how the engines work. We do of course keep an eye on children and warn them (and their parents) of the dangers.

We all enjoyed ourselves and I extend a big thanks to Koos and Ria.

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