Girl power fired up for fun at Motat
It’s not the kind of vehicle you’d use on the school run.
But mother-of-four Ange White is completely happy behind the wheel of a 12tonne armoured personnel carrier.
“It’s totally not hard to drive,” she says.
“It’s like driving a bulldozer, except it’s automatic.”
The Motat volunteer will be driving visitors around the museum on Sunday in the carrier, known in the trade as an APC.
It’s one of the attractions at Motat’s live-day celebrating Girl Power: The Heritage of Women, an event for Auckland Heritage Festival 2008.
The day pays tribute to how Kiwi women have helped shape New Zealand society, and continue to do so today.
Ange has been a military enthusiast for 30 years, and gained her T-endorsement licence last year.
Husband Matt is also interested in military vehicles and has been a Motat volunteer for 23 years.
He taught Ange how to drive the carrier, and says the biggest challenge is adjusting to its size.
The 1968 military vehicle weighs more than 12 tonnes and resembles a tank, but has no artillery.
The APC, on loan to Mo- tat from the Army Museum in Waiouru, carries up to 12 passengers and operates with a crew of two.
Ange and Matt’s children are so familiar with the carrier that three-year-old Hayden has been known to fall asleep on his siblings during trips.
Eldest daughter Rachel, 10, plans to be the youngest APC female driver in the country when she is eligible to sit her licence at 18.
From corsets to convertible Cadillacs, Ange says there will be something for everyone at Sunday’s live day.
Along with APC rides, women volunteers will be driving trams and vintage cars.
Other activities include an exhibition of girl power covering the last 120 years, as well as the opportunity to learn to play Victorian games for girls.
Visitors can also have their photo taken in costume and sample a traditional Victorian fair with lolly makers, candyfloss and toffee apples.
The day starts at 10am at Motat in Western Springs.
For more details call 0800 MOTATNZ or 815-5800.
Tanks very much: Volunteer Ange White looks forward to driving passengers around in her armoured personnel carrier at Motat on Sunday.