Pigeon racing has produced many champions in a span of just half a century. Wegge, Bricoux, Huiskens-Van Riel, Stichelbaut, Havenith, Gebroeders Janssen, Delbar and Cattrijsse are, to name a few, all well-renowned names. They were for various periods of time great champions. Even today their roles haven't ended yet, in many a family tree you will find the names of the base pigeons of these pigeon fanciers.|
A man who belongs without a doubt in this illustrious list is Jos van Limpt-de Klak from the small village of Reusel. This man has always performed in great style until his dying day.
Because keeping pigeons was outlawed during the Second World War, Jos had to start from scratch afterwards. His mother insisted he approached the famous brothers from Arendonk. After all, his father was always treated correctly there and he achieved great successes with their pigeons. Jos never wanted any other pigeons afterwards than those of the Janssen brothers. Not because all the other pigeons were bad, but they certainly weren't better.
The medium distance flights were Jos' greatest passion in all his life, he was less interested in other races. He created a type of pigeons that was inimitable for medium distances and which were fast enough for the short jobs and tough enough for the single-day races. The watchword of Jos was: work with a good pedigree, eliminate inbreeding, race a lot and select strictly. Because of that it might happen when you study a family tree of a random recent Klak pigeon, you can encounter cracks of old times like the ‘881 van ‘47’, the ’43-duif uit het Jong Koppel’, ‘Vechter x Witpenneke’ or the ‘613’!