In ‘De Telegraaf’ from Saturday March 14th a 3 Colom wide article was printed from Ivo Jr. and his M5 Halftrack.
IHC HALF-TRACK M5
STRONG WAR HERO
In the garage of a young car enthusiast you would expect a fast hatchback, not an armored car from World War II. Ivo Rigter (28), however, was lit by his father and restored along with him an IHC Half Track M5.
By Remco Slump
“Why an armored vehicle and not a sports car? That’s because of my grandfather. He found it much too dangerous that my father Ivo (Sr.) wanted to have a race car when he was young. “Let me give that boy an old jeep” ‘he thought, “then he can restore the car, is busy and, when it is ready, he will not crash that easy”. And so the ball started to roll. After he had restored several Jeeps my father bought this IHC Half Track M5 in 1987. In the 2nd WW this great vehicle has served the Allied Polish troops. After the liberation of the German city of Wilhelmshaven it was completely reconditioned by Mercedes-Benz under the ‘Wiedergutmachung’ law. After this the vehicle was deployed by the French army in South America (French Guiana). However after this initial purchase the Half-Track was many years untouched. When there was a nice workshop to restore the vehicle we started the restoration. This was, with exception of some small details, completed in 2009.
Just in time so to be able to participate in the commemoration of the 65 D-Day landings in Normandy. At events we participate a couple of times per year, because the Half-Track – where a truck driving license is required – is not a car that you easily take to a super market.
For the long distances a low-loader is required. Its fuel consumption is 1 liter to the km. and the tracks are very expensive. “It’s me and my father therefore mainly to restore it and make sure that this very strong Half-Track technology will outlive us all”.
In February BAIV received an order from Christophe and Annelies Grosset for the ground up restoration of their Halftrack M9A1 as originally delivered to the US Army in August 1943.
Mr. Grosset, who runs a special butcery in Flumet France, acquired this unique by International build Half-track early 2014. This for sure a 2nd WW survivor is basically original however due its intensive and active service and rough de-commissioning it need a ground up restoration.
Moreover the entire rear Armour is missing and need to be refabricated. Same for the rear bed, storage cabinets and many brackets, seats and clamps. For undefined reasons the engine was roughly opened but never finished. Same for the gearbox what resulted in the fact that water entered the transmission.
The Family Grosset live in Flumet Savoy, a nice resort with the ski area Espace Diamant. Christophe has a butchery and since this summer also a cheese shop which is absolutely great and very tasteful (See: http://charcuterie-grosset.com/).
During the pick up of the vehicle in Southern France Christophe passed the BAIV team a very nice sausage witch was absolutely great!
Annelies is a goldsmith and received her education in Schoonhoven the Netherlands and has a nice atelier (see http://www.atelierdebijoux.com/)
Christophe and Annelies selected BAIV as partner for the restauration of this unique historic object due to BAIV’s professional approach and detailed offer, easy communication and in depth knowledge. Between parties it was agreed that the vehicle must be delivered on August 20th 2015!
First public presentation is already scheduled and will be its participation in the parade in Veigy (Haute Savoie) early September.
The upcoming months you will find regular updates on our website at service / restoration work and also on our Facebook page.
The outcome of the BAIV BV / Wheels 22-2-2015 Fair competition is known. Discover below if you are the winner! We liked the fair and in any case it was a great success thanks to you as a visitor and the organization by Wheels. The first ones already have booked for the Final Push 2015 event upcoming March.
Answer the question of how much Sherman Track Bolts were in the bucket was … 87 PIECES.
WINNER with 86 units registration is Jos Meeuwisz from Rhenen (NL).
1st Prize is for those who was the closest to this number!
For the winner a service & inspection fore one of your WW2 vehicle (s) with a value of 750, – EURO in man hours in our workshop in Maarheeze, or a dinner coupon / voucher worth 150, – EURO.
* Terms competition see our website www.BAIV.nl
Among the 87 contesters (coincidence?) Were responses from 25 to 500 pieces. Also a nice reply from Mr. Bernard S. from Horst. was “2x half”, unfortunately for him it was even number. Other participants who were pretty close were: Robert B. (90 pieces) and Ad P. from Oirschot & D. B. from Venray (both 93 pieces).
On Sunday February 22nd BAIV BV launches a new and unique Service!
Location of the announcement: the Wheels Swap Market at the Museum Wings of Liberation in Best The Netherlands.
The new Service (with a capital S) consists of pick up, maintenance (and if required overhaul or restauration) and delivery of historic military vehicles from para bike to tank and everything in between.
Our team like to welcome you in Best to present this service and explain how we can be at your service. If you are not able to visit us please feel free to issue an inquiry.
Our target is to get your MV in suburb condition to enjoy the tour and show season 2015.
We made a movie of our IHC Halftrack M5 Restoration (Krystyna). The complete restoration took more than 2500 hours where every part was taken apart and restored. In 2009 we completed the Halftrack to participate on D-day and went to various events until in 2014 we decided to finish all last details for 70 years remembrance of Operation Market Garden.
Language is in Dutch. Movie is divided in 5 parts, click below to play all.