This is me!

Jaap Horst

the Netherlands
Tel: +31 6 53152350


Currently working as Senior Specialist Materials Science at DEKRA Rail (Before 2015 this was called Plurel, and before that DeltaRail, AEA Technology Rail and NSTO) in Utrecht. Our department does tests and research for (mainly) the Rail Industry on welding, non-destructive testing, materials (metals, plastics, rubbers, concrete), failure analysis, corrosion and corrosion protection and special mechanical tests (at forces from 50N to 2000kN). Occasionally I do some work as a plastics and rubber expert.

Telephone at work: +31 30 3005220

At some stage I had started the development of a system to save the life of "Jumpers", people who commit suicide by being ran over by a train. The basics of the invention were patented, but development was stopped for commercial reasons. Download the patent here: NL1027916, publication date June 30, 2006

July 2022 an old study friend of mine and myself started this non-for profit organization.
The organization's goal is to provide knowledge about the real possibilities in the current Energy Transition.

Dreaming about a carbon-neutral society is OK, but in reality this transition is not an easy task.

In fact, it is extremely difficult, and care must be taken to prevent that the current environmental dream will turn into an energy-shortage nightmare!

More info

WWWPages: The Bugatti Page
First Bugatti Page on the internet, and still one of the best worldwide! Former addresses have been: My Bugatti on-line magazine: the Bugatti revue The HomePage of The Bugatti Aircraft Association, a special association dedicated to all of Bugatti´s ventures in the sky, which I started. website of the Bugatti club Nederland

Special - Classics Website for Special Classic Cars - Buy and advertise!
The Classic Cars Pictures Archive , don´t forget to take a look at these pages (seeing all 250MB of classic cars pictures will probably take you several days, full-time)
History of Technology with pictures and info about strange technological or just fun stuff!

Professional pages

Democraten voor Duurzaamheid
Research My PhD research on fatigue of short glassfibre reinforced Polyamide
Envionic, my brother Roelof's company on measuring devices for electromagnetic fields.

Fun stuff

Blueshift, Bluesrockband from Nijmegen, in which my son Stefan plays the base. They just released their first EP, "Waves".
The cover artwork by the way was made by my daughter Yamire!

On January 5, 2021 recordings of 3 of their original songs (Cloudy John, Homesick and That's what your Momma said),
were released in a series from Nijmegen, called "Schuum Sessions".

Punctionary, The dictionary of puncepts, my daughter Yamire developed, as part of her Art study, a dictionary of
"Puncepts" or word jokes, together with some fellow students. Each puncept has it's explanation,
often as much fun as the puncept itself!
Neuronzoo, my brother Roelof's novel visual programming language, based on neurons. Take your time to have a try!

My cars

Of course you will be interested what cars I am driving myself at this moment, and what other cars I owned before that. Well, the current cars are a Peugeot and a Princess.

Peugeot 407 2.0 16V XT, 2007. (since 12-7-2021) More photographs

Maybe you remember the unique commercials that accompanied the introduction of the 407 and 407SW? I already liked them at that time, and still do.

Peugeot 407 Short video

Peugeot 407 Long video

Peugeot 407SW commercial
I especially like the last shot, where the neighbour very happily pushes his toy car in the box, then looks surprised at seeing this new Peugeot. I still feel the same, all other cars on the road are toys!

Some history
The first ad, known as “The Toys” or “Les Jouets”, features life-size toy cars shown up by the sleek newly released Peugeot 407. Directed by Philippe Andre for French agency BETC Euro RSCG, the advert was filmed in Sydney, Australia. Andre developed twenty model cars especially for the shoot, resisting the temptation to do the whole thing in CGI. We see cars crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Much of the shot was filmed from inside an actual car, giving that realistic gritty feeling.
The soundtrack is provided by French duo, The Film, (Guilliame Briere and Benjamin Lebeau) with their song “Can You Touch Me”, an adaptation of their earlier song, “Can You Trust Me”.

The follow up ad features the same scenario of life-size toy cars in Sydney, this time taking a new Peugeot 407 Stationwagon out of the city to a beachside home. Along the way we see old and decrepit stationwagons breaking down or suffering from image problems.
The soundtrack features Caesars track, (I’m gonna) Kick You Out, taken from their album, 39 Minutes of Bliss (in an Otherwise Meaningless World).

The Toys campaign was developed at BETC Euro RSCG and Euro RSCG Worldwide by creative director Remi Babinet, art director Eric Holden, copywriter Remi Noel, agency producers Simon Chater-Robinson, David Green and Carole Casolari.
Filming was shot by director Philippe Andre via Wanda Productions.
The ads won awards at Cannes and Montreux.

Princess 2200 HLS, 1977 with Torcars Hatchback Conversion (Since April 2020).
Of this Torcars Hatchback conversion, this is the only one which is still on the road!
It is not just design-wise a unique automobile; it is also technologically advanced, with a 2.2 litre straight-6 and front-wheel drive. Hydragas suspension provides the comfort, as does the luxurious interior!

Before the Peugeot 407 I have had (in reverse order):
Peugeot 407 SW 2.0 16V, 2005. Bi-Fuel (LPG and Petrol) "La Voiture Noire" More photographs
27-7-2021: Just 3000 km short of half a million and after 13,5 years, I sold her... Just too many things had to be improved, and maybe I felt I needed to treat myself to a "new" one.
27-12-2017 I reached a new milestone with this car, which I owned since december 2007.

Citroën Xantia 1.8i 16V, 1998 Bi-Fuel (LPG and Petrol)

Citroën XM 2.0i, 1993 Bi-Fuel (LPG and Petrol) (Bottom foto is at the Jean Bugatti Memorial)

Citroën BX, 1987

Princess 2200 HLS, 1977

Triumph Dolomite 1850 HL, 1974 (the only picture I have)

Daimler Conquest Century Saloon, 1953 Page with more photographs

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