Clas­sic KI­WIS

With the added in­clu­sion of a clas­sic truck dis­play, New Zealand’s trans­port show­case The Expo has the for­mula down pat. re­ports

Owner Driver - - Owner/Driver - Greg Bush

AUSSIES LOVE their an­tique and clas­sic trucks, but so too do their an­tipodean broth­ers across ‘the ditch’, judg­ing by the turnout at The Expo at Mys­tery Creek near Hamil­ton. On show were a mix of old In­ter­na­tion­als, Whites, Macks, Ley­lands, a 1962 Bed­ford fire en­gine, and much more. The In­ter­na­tional brand was well rep­re­sented, with one of the old­est on show be­ing a 1929 In­ter­na­tional S24 with a Ly­coming 4-cylin­der side-valve en­gine. There was also a sprin­kling of R190s, a cou­ple of old Load­stars, and a 1947 In­ter­na­tional KB1 boast­ing a 73hp Green Di­a­mond 214-cu­bic-inch en­gine. The KB1 un­der­went a com­plete re­build be­tween 2011 and 2014 “down to the last nut and bolt”. A light blue 1960 Ley­land Beaver at­tracted plenty of at­ten­tion. The Beaver was first reg­is­tered in 1961 by Ro­torua stock car­ri­ers Bin­nie Bros and ended up in the ranks of White­side Trans­port where it was used to cart stock, logs and whey.

The 150hp Beaver was later dis­cov­ered in a pad­dock in Tikokino in Hawkes Bay where it had been left ne­glected for about 20 years. Its restora­tion job was com­plete in 2010.

A Bed­ford KGLC3 fine en­gine re­turned close to where it all be­gan go­ing into ser­vice with the Hamil­ton Fire Board in 1962. It was later trans­ferred to the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice in Auck­land and Whangarei in 1981, even­tu­ally end­ing up at the Cly­des­dale Mu­seum Fire Brigade at Mys­tery Creek in 2009.

Fi­nally, a 1976 Ley­land Scam­mell Cru­sader. Pow­ered by a Detroit 8V71 T, this unit was once part of the largest fleet of Ley­land Cru­saders in the South­ern Hemi­sphere dur­ing its years with Stan Wil­liamson Trans­port of Te Puke from 1980.

A clas­sic line-up of trucks out­side the Mys­tery Creek pavil­ion

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