Old dog, home to master

In Good On Ya Mate, May 20221 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJune 17, 2022

It’s been a while since we had a Good On Ya Mate, but this one needed recording.

Greymouth’s truck restoration artisans Murray Bruning and Les Hayden (New Zealand Trucking magazine Feb 2022, ‘Bull Dogs in Arms’) have Thames Freightlines’ 1984 MC Mack Fleet No.26 in their clutches. As you’d expect, the goal is to bring forth magnificence once again, but knowing original driver Peter ‘Mitch’ Mitchell well, she won’t end up 100% original. Murray and Les decided the original dog should return to its master, complete with the Dymo label ‘Beware of the Dog’ that Mitch stuck just under the pooch when she was brand-spanking.

When Mitch visited recently to see how the project was going, Murray and Les took a moment to hand him his Bulldog, beautifully mounted on a shield. It’d be fair to say there was a tear in the eye of the recipient.

What a couple of guys!

Good on ya, Murray and Les!