Fire truck out of re­tire­ment

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

The newly- named Wa­haroa Speed­way has a new mem­ber start­ing this sea­son – and it’s painted fire engine red.

A 1968 TK Bed­ford fire truck has been res­cued by the club and is soon to be one of their main at­trac­tions.

It will have

lights, a siren and fully work­ing wa­ter pumps but its main job will be tak­ing lit­tle speed­way fans for rides.

The engine did its time at a fire sta­tion in Hen­der­son, Auck­land and was re­tired to standby at Lich­field Dairy Fac­tory.

It had been out of com­mis­sion for some years when a speed­way mem­ber came across it.

Damien Laird

at Su­pe­rior Auto Painters was tasked with bring­ing it back to life and on Fri­day re­stored it to its orig­i­nal colour with a fresh coat of paint.

Colour­plus Mata­mata sup­plied the paint and Ki­wa­nis Mata­mata chipped in with bat­ter­ies for the old engine.

‘‘It’s just some­thing for the com­mu­nity and a bit of pro­mo­tion for the club,’’ said Mr Laird.

‘‘ I think peo­ple can ap­pre­ci­ate it, young and old.’’

No name has been con­firmed yet, al­though Old Flick has been sug­gested.

The truck will be ready for the start of the sea­son in Oc­to­ber and is likely to fea­ture in com­mu­nity events such as the Christ­mas Pa­rade.

Sec­ond chance: Leo Kingston from Colour­plus Mata­mata and Damien Laird from Su­pe­rior Auto Painters as he gets ready to re­paint the engine.

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