Tim inspects a rare pair of old Fords used regularly in promotional work for a major NZ trucking firm
Symons Transport is one of New Zealand’s major trucking firms, mostly involved in the carting of liquids. The fluids held in the rear of a Symons tanker range from products and by-products of the milk industry to sweet-tasting chardonnay wine.
The gleaming, white-liveried trucks from Oakura, with their white on red scripted lettering, drive out from their home base, nestled under the Kaitake ranges, on regular round-the-clock liquid delivery operations.
Other specialist jobs undertaken by Symons have included its rigs being used to transport A1GP cars when the international circus hits Taupo each year. In 2008 the Symons truck involved with A1GP was New Zealand’s only big conventional V8 Scania, a flagship for the company. Although the big Swedish V8 Scania doubles as a good promotional vehicle, behind the scenes at Symons ranch depot sit two classic vintage delivery vehicles which have the job of promoting Symons Transport at parades, vehicle shows and wine festivals.
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