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LICHTENVOORDE – A fresh breeze blows through De Lummel’s tent. That wind comes from above, because a large part of the roof and facade is missing. A winter storm destroyed part of the roof and side wall, leaving the De Lummels huge as a result. Due to high repair costs and limited time frame, they were unable to complete their intended design in time and had to divert to another plan.

By Dinès Quist

A large gaping hole in the construction tent offers a view of the blue sky. It is also the only advantage of the missing roof part. “During a storm in February, the tent canvas on the right side was also destroyed,” says board member Bas Kamphof. “The canvas was already old and could not withstand the vagaries of the stormy winter weather. To make the roof future-proof, we want to put on roofing sheets, but the material costs are currently so high that we cannot yet finance this. To generate money, our volunteers work at festivals and events, but at those times they cannot build the car.”

emergency handle
But De Lummels wouldn’t be De Lummels if they let this setback put them off the field. “We wanted to make a super cool car this year, a flying pilot with a propeller on its back. We already had the ‘Levitate’ model ready,” says Lummel and designer Kevin Mateman. “But we couldn’t start welding until the weather was good enough, because we didn’t have a roof over our heads. Gradually time passed and we chatted a bit until the model presentation came into view, which was to take place on July 2nd. There was no longer any question of building the Levitate in time. We had to make an emergency plan, a new design had to be made.”

Deadline on the heels
Two weeks before the model presentation, it was really time to come up with a new plan. “We Lummels do our best under a little pressure,” says Bas. As the deadline approached, Kevin and Wesley Helmers picked up the pencil and drew up a draft. It became an American candy machine. It contained all the elements that a car should meet quickly and easily: large flat parts, little welding and easy gluing. “Young and old can help with this car. We have to because we need all hands. Around 150 large styrofoam candy hearts, lollipops and marshmallows are piled up in the workshop, which the children can glue on later.”

Corso election in Grolse church tower
The Lummels are sure that a nice car will arrive soon, although they don’t expect to win any prizes. “This year we will survive. Participating is currently our goal,” says Bas. “Most importantly, it has to be fun. We remain Lummels, which means that togetherness is paramount. Typical Lummel behavior is, for example, that during our construction evenings we invariably take a break at half past nine, even if we didn’t start until eight o’clock. We’re not averse to a little humor either. For example, De Lummels recently hung the Lichtenvoorde rosary in the Groenlo church tower during Wapperdag, took a picture and posted it on social media,” laughs Bas.

Lummels owes its name to a farmer
That the corso club uses their name is not entirely accidental, because De Lummels owe their name to the farmer where they have their building site in the yard. “In 1999, the farm servant wanted to set up a parade club with a few friends. The farmer offered his farm as a building site, and the boys got down to business. The farmer invariably called the parade builders ‘luddies’, the boys didn’t have to think long about what to call their parade club. The boys from that time have now become fathers, and they are preparing their offspring for the next generation of Lummels.

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