April 14th, 2010 by NZ Classic Car

Tim gets all fired up and attends a ‘Minor’ call-out to experience a special little 1964 Morris Minor 1000 fire appliance

Here at NZ Classic Car I’ve covered a few old fire appliances over the last decade, ranging from a big Ahrens-Fox in an Australian museum to a working Land Rover fire engine in Haast, but I certainly wasn’t prepared to experience one so tiny as a Morrie Thou! What’s more, our featured fire appliance does actually get used by the Fire Brigade, albeit in an educational role.

I had spotted Terry Griffiths driving this Minor appliance during a Christmas parade a couple of years back, and have been quietly on his trail ever since. Recently, I caught up with the retired volunteer fireman at his home, not far from the little Oakura Fire Station, where we ‘shot’ the photos for this Minor story, before ‘burning’ them to disc!


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