Mahy Automobiles (Leuve-en-Hainaut)

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  • Address: Rue Erna 3, 7900 Leuze-en-Hainaut
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  • Website: http://users.skynet.be/mahymobiles
  • Email: mahymobiles@skynet.be
  • Models on display: RLSS (1925), Giulia 1600 Spider (1963)
  • Opening hours: individual visitors Thursday to Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM, Sunday and holidays from 10 AM to 5PM. The ticket office closes 1 hour prior to closing time. Groups (25 people or more) extra opening hours on request.
  • Opening hours confirmed by museum: not yet.
  • Remarks: This is a part of the Mahy collection that was previously exposed in the Winter Circus in Ghent (Gent/Gand).
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This video is a documentary from the series ‘Life goes on’, broadcasted by the Belgian TV channel VTM. It is a mix from images from 1993 when the collection was housed in the Wintercircus building in Ghent and from 2012, in Leuze-en-Hainaut. The language and subtitles are Dutch/Flemish.

Son Ivan has continued the work of founder Ghislain Mahy (passed away in 1999) after moving out of Ghent in 1997. The best items from Ghent have found a better destination at the Autoworld museum in Brussels.

Mahy has stopped purchasing more cars as he realizes that it is impossible to restore and maintain over 1,000 cars. Most cars have been acquired just to save them from being scrapped. The latest additions to the collection are all donations to the museum.

Ivan Mahy also has stopped restoring and the cars in the warehouse, visible from 8:15, are peacefully waiting for better times. Grandson Michel Mahy (from 9:45) used to help restoring the cars but has stopped working at the collection and museum, his family and his work as a Honda dealer in Ghent demanding all his time. While he has respect for the work of his grandfather and father he admits the collection will have to be downsized when sometime in future he will take over.

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