From left, Brian Hall, Fergus McKenzie, Harvey Lodge, Alan Watt, Dave Covell, Roy Houthuijzen and Dennis Willson. Pictures by Paul Rickard
About 30 Gisborne enthusiasts spent more than two-and-a-half years restoring the first motor caravan to have been registered with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association. The converted 1928 Reo Speedwagon was unveiled yesterday morning at the association’s 63rd rally at the Showgrounds. Brian Hall tells the Weekender about the Reo’s journey from Gisborne district country bus to motorhome.
A 1928 Reo Speedwagon used as a rural bus service, then rebuilt as a motor caravan; eventually sold, and largely forgotten, has been restored and is about hit the road once more.
The Reo’s route from Gisborne district country bus, to the first motorhome registered with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, to eventual storage at the East Coast Museum of Technology (ECMoT), then restoration, has been a long and winding one.