Albert is a man with real enthusiasm for nice cars and a pure interest in special voitures. The cars in which he is interested are not ordinary cars, but works of art on wheels. He saw this special creation, a Velorex tricycle from 1970, for the first time in Czechoslovakia at an old sawmill.
By: Dirk de Jong
That immediately sparked his interest. He understood from the owner that the tricycle there was mainly used by people with disabilities. He promised himself that if he ever encountered such a thing in the Netherlands, he would definitely consider buying it.
Coincidence does not exist, it is sometimes said. Perhaps it had to be that he came across a real original Velorex in 2008 in the Netherlands. After the technical condition was found to be in order, he decided to purchase. Albert has worked all his life as a technical man. Repairing it himself therefore cost him no effort at all with this Velorex. (Not only passionate, but also skilled.)
The power source
The power source is the well-known Jawa engine, from which the wheels of the tricycle also come. Albert: “It is very special that this Velorex is completely in its original condition, nothing has been adjusted or changed. It was built from 1950 to 1970 (with changes over time) with a total of 12.000 units.”
If there is an event in the area (Hoornsterzwaag or Twijslerheide), he gets behind the wheel himself. With its top speed of 80 km per hour, it is just about on the back roads. The highway is of course taboo, if there ever is an annual event of the friends of the Velorex owners, he goes on the ambulance.
People of flesh and blood are often a 'living book' who would like to tell you about their hobby life. Then of course Albert is talking about everything that is classic, whether it be cars or motorcycles. In addition to the Velorex, he also has various classic cars as therapy. That means: key pleasure, possible repairs and the pleasant stay in his man cave to admire his property.
What is the most important thing about owning?
An old car becomes more beautiful as it ages. That's a nice side effect. What's most important? The color? The top speed? The design? It is not just any means of transport. It is a full part of his hobby life. That is the true feeling of happiness.