Antique Equipment Expo

There’s excavating, grading, paving, trucking – and Caterpillar yellow everywhere.

That’s what you’ll see on a jobsite run by the Veerkamp family…

Back at their warehouse in Placerville, California, the modern day machines are mixed with marvelous antique equipment. You'll see tractors with Holt, Best and Caterpillar on the grill – more than 100 years of history – under one roof. There are rows of dazzling white, black, gray, red and of course yellow machines detailing Caterpillar’s past.

The story of the Veerkamps and their adventures is as remarkable as their collection. They have even airlifted a rare machine off a mountaintop!

Now, part of the world's most renowned antique machine collection will be traveling across the country to Peoria, Illinois. The machines will be on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center's inaugural Antique Equipment Expo starting June 13.

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FATHER-SON DUO BRING CENTURY OF MACHINERY TO LIFE

For Doug and Matt Veerkamp, it’s a generational journey on the jobsite and in their passion for restoring antique Cat equipment.

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THE BEST WEDDING EVER

Our people never cease to amaze us with their stories. Never. They’ve brought our machines along for the ride on each of their journeys. Shawn Stover and his wife, Fallon, were no different when they cruised down the aisle on a Best 60.

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THE BEAUTIFUL FOUR-CYLINDER SONG SILENT FOR DECADES

“What a journey it has been getting her restored back to the life she deserves,” Matt Veerkamp says proudly of the jewel in his antique machine collection.

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Tractor Collectors Showcase Restorations at the Caterpillar Visitors Center

The Caterpillar Visitors Center held its first Antique Equipment Show on Saturday, June 17. Several tractor collectors displayed their antique restorations along Main Street, drawing hundreds of visitors throughout the day during the 2017 Steamboat Days Festival.

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