Before we tell Nico's story, it is good to take note of the advice that the FEHAC gives us when it comes to driving an old vehicle with outdated features. (FEHAC is the advocate of our historic vehicles.)
By: Dirk de Jong
Common sense recommendations
- Understand the possibilities and the limitations.
- Look out, know if you are seen.
- Make your intention clear in a timely manner.
- Drive with common sense and understanding of other road users.
- Calm driving can cause irritation to other road users.
Nico: “Irritation? I've even made my parents and friends happy with wedding rides and other anniversaries. In fact… when we are on the road, people like to drive a little slower to look and enjoy. As a regular guest at classic car events, our 'compliments archive' is always well supplemented.”
Opel is the beloved car brand
Opel is Nico's beloved car brand. He calls his garage the 'cherry room' where various old-timers are shining. That makes him feel proud every time.
Opel club members help each other. Sometimes with parts, sometimes with advice. When - after the restoration of his Opel Blitz was completed - he came into conversation with a club member who offered his black Opel Olympia, the incentive for a new challenge came immediately. Some things come your way without you looking for them. The Opel Olympia was in good condition, but unfortunately poorly painted. When after some time a leak occurred at the windscreen and it also turned out that the rust beetles had wreaked havoc there, it was decided to give the car a whole new coat of paint and the car became Neptune blue instead of black.
What's the beauty of a classic?
It's driving and enjoying, with people around you with the same interest. They are allowed to look at his 'dated' Opel, even touch it, take pictures and take a seat behind the wheel. If other enthusiasts enjoy it, it is also enjoyable. Isn't that a bit of courtesy? Nico can say it in one sentence: “Everything is in favor of Opel.”