It is not a
secret anymore, I suppose, that we are rooted in a small farm,
which is situated in a county called "De Veluwe".
De Veluwe is one of the Netherlands most beautiful regions,
lots of woods, tiny villages and old agricultural areas. There
are a lot of small-scale farms and the one where we grew up
was one of those small-scale ones. Life was not always easy
in the financial aspect, but somehow our parents managed to
survive. We were always busy and I have to contradict against
the rumour that our main activity existed only by (joy)riding
the outworn tractor, although I must admit that driving our
Hanomag Granit was the most popular work around our farm.
Unfortunately there was always some more talented older brother
around, who took care of the more advanced driving. It is
not very hard to imagine that for that reason some envy caused
temporaly distance between me and my older brothers. I was
not the only victim, Bert was even younger then me, so he
was at the very bottom of the tractordriving ladder, where
I already reached for the first step. Perhaps is this one
of the reasons for our tractor collection syndrome, both Bert
and me were the youngest male ones of the family.
that had to be done in and around our farm was done by ourselves.
This included construction work as building barns. This were
of course major works for us and most of the time we were
ending doing everything with the cooperation of almost the
whole family. So despite the hard work we were always having
lots of fun and it goes without saying that our tractors also
took part in the construction works
After the restoration
of our Atlas crane, the Atlas also did a lot of heavy work
for us. Despite of our years of work to get the Atlas back
in working order, we finally decided to sell the crane to
provide us with some more money in our piggy bank, for investing
the earned money in "new" old tractors. Fortunately
are there still some pics with our Atlas crane left and I
am not in the position to deny you those photos. Don't forget
to pay attention at another handsome piece of machinery on
this pictures, the Faun Grader, Bert has worked a lot of years
with this machine.
a little wooden shed, this was not in the dangerous asbestos
decade, the roofing material went to the refuse dump without
interference of the now well known man in astronaut suits...
to the small but important detail in the foreground
rafters are brought with a little help of the Faun
And yet another
masterpiece of machinery
Test of strength,
in the background the Kramer with a custom build cabin
Even the youngest
are involved in the buildingproces
position of the camera will never deserve a first price, is
still worth watching two Hanomag tractors in a row
Look, we are
Here we are
almost done, so it is time to go to
the next episode
Here the pics
with the Atlas in the principal part
are placed much more easily then those of the above photos
a concrete beam is no problem at all anymore
Bert is operating
the Atlas and...
Jan and me
on higher levels
Time for some
relaxation for us, but our Hanomag Granit never
unbends itself, always thinking of all the work that still
to be done before he will get his more then deserved restoration.
That restoration took place between the years 2000 and 2002,
of course is a page dedicated to our Hanomag Granit available
in this website.