RNZAF and AA keep charity convoy rolling

RNZAF and AA keep charity convoy rolling

The classic trucks and cars participating in this year’s Variety Trillian Bash have survived thousands of kilometres in the past week thanks to an AA service vehicle and a mechanical crew from the Royal New Zealand Airforce.

Today the 1961 Fishpot ladder truck hit trouble, and the Mooloo rig needed some TLC, the GT Radial car had a puncture – and the Subbus – made from two 1958 Bedford School buses welded together – died as it crossed Arthur’s Pass.

The Air Force and AA crews managed to get the Subbus going long enough for it to limp into a Methven garage for repairs as the Bash crews headed to bed.

The Bash started earlier today at Grey Main School for breakfast, where Mayor Tony Kokshoorn told the Bashers they “do a lot of great work, for a lot of smiles, on a lot of young people’s faces.”

The crews split, with some teams heading to St Patricks School and Dobson School, while the other group drove to Blackball to plant fruit trees, shovel rocks, and undertake plumbing tasks at the school.

Then it was all on to Lake Brunner School before the crossing of Arthur’s Pass.

Tomorrow the convoy will hand over bicycles to underprivileged kids at Methven Primary School, Rakaia School, Chertsey School, Fairton School, and Ashburton Borough School before the event ends at Caroline Sound Shell, Timaru, where the last of the bicycles will be given away.

The BesStart crew are rejoining the Bash fresh from a clutch rebuild at Blenheim Air Force Base – and hopefully, a freshly-fettled Subbus will complete the final day.

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