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"Wheels at the Vaal"

3rd & 4th September 2005

"Vaal Old Wheels" (or "Vaal Ou Wiele" in Afrikaans) is the club that I belong to. The name is derived from the river which flows through the region and the fact that the area is commonly referred to as the "Vaal Triangle" being bounded by 3 industrial towns - Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and Sasolburg.

Our annual show is called "Wheels at the Vaal" and, as the name implies the main emphasis of this show is on vintage motor vehicles (or anything old with wheels - like Grandpa on roller skates :-)) but we also have a strong showing of vintage stationary engines, tractors,  farming machinery and equipment (including steam), animal drawn wagons and carriages and a section dealing with anything "collectible" called Collectors Mania.

 This year, for the first time, the show was held in the beautiful grounds of the Northwest University campus on the banks of the Vaal River. In the "Old South Africa" this university was called the "Potchefstroom University for Higher Christian Education". We thank the University as well as the main sponsors (Chevrolet) for all the effort they put into making this show the success that it was.

  My interest is mainly in the stationary engine section and most of these photographs are of that section but I have included some pics of other features. I am awaiting pictures of the other attractions and will add to the page as I receive them. Anyone with additional pictures of the show is asked to contact me and I will include them (Contact details on the front page of this site.)

Follow the links above or below to the pictures. Each thumbnail can be clicked to bring up a bigger picture which I have attempted to keep to less than 100Kbytes each with a few just over this size. I have opitimised the pics for fast loading on slow connections but if anyone would like higher resolution copies please contact me and I'll make a plan -  just bear in mind that I have a slow connection and would not like to spend hours logged on to send out pics.

As an experiment I am also making this page and all those below it (including the pics) available as a .zip file for those who would rather download the whole darn thing and view it at their leisure when off line.
Let me know what you think of the idea. Click this icon to download Download here and follow instructions in the zipfile. Be warned that the file is about 10 Megabytes so use a Download Manager if necessary.
(P.S. Plan temporarily changed - due to the difference between relative and absolute links the HTML will not work offline on your computer in it's present form as I have used absolute links. I will attend to this soon but in the meantime I will just add all the pics to the zipfile and you can look at them in your favourite viewer.)


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