||VFM (unaccessioned) General
||Blue Thornycroft truck, type A, 4 cylinder, 5 ton. It has a wooden cab and deck. A plate on the vehicle, see image 8, has the number FB4 4740, which could be the serial number. Built by John I. Thornycroft & Co. Ltd - London, Southhampton, Basingstoke, Reading - of Basingstoke, England, in 1924.
On the 12 September 2009 this truck was being restored in the MVFM workshop. Bernard Mason of Avon valley did some of the carpentery work on the deck.
13th November 2009: The restored vehicle (see images 12, 13 and 14) was driven on 2nd November 2009 in the parade commemorating the 150th anniversary of Marlborough Province. It now has C.G. Penny [should be Penney], Maxwell Road, Blenheim, sign-written on the driver's door.
A 2009 notice with the vehicle says in part: One of six [trucks] imported by the Amuri District Council. Later owner was Cyril Penney who was head stockman at Upcot Station, Awatere. After that he managed the Maxwell Pass farm where he was killed in an accident in the 1960s. The truck was bought from his estate by D. Clunies-Ross to prevent it leaving Marlborough and was housed at Brayshaw Park. In 2007 he gave half ownership to MVFM and restoration was commenced although the truck was still in running order.
In 2009 this vehicle is half owned by Mr. D. Clunis-Ross and half by Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery Society Inc.
||Penney, Cyril G.