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Dorset Bedford Escot Park Fire rally
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No: 18225   Contributor: Paul Pickford   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Dorset Bedford Escot Park Fire rally

This picture was taken at the Fire Engine Rally at Escot Park, Devon on Sunday 28th June 09. its shows an Ex Dorset Bedford Firefly Type B Water Tender registration ETK561D. Built on a Bedford J4LZ3 chassis by HCB Angus and is powered by a Bedford 6 cylinder petrol engine.
Delivered new to Dorset in 1966 and it was first on the run at the wholetime station at Hamworthy near Poole. In 1968 it was transfered to the retained station at Gillingham in North Dorset where it remained until sent for auction in 1983.
Picture added on 10 July 2009 at 15:41
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Red! This is so much better than most J4 HCB water tenders, with their grey aluminium bodywork, looking like it was made of flattened-out old dustbins.

Only the UK seems to have fallen in love with this type of dismal body cladding, which was presumably quite practical but looked awful.

Added by Rob Johnson on 27 March 2013.
Rob, we are all entitled to our opinions. I agree the full red body work looks much better, than unpainted aluminium, but it is far from dismal. I personally have a dislike of many american vehicles, which in my view are sadly lacking in style. Still it takes alsorts, and if we all liked the same, and didn't post such a variety of pictures, this site would be a lot less interesting!

Added by Michael G on 28 March 2013.
I was once struck by seeing fire engines responding to an incident on a rainy day in Edinburgh. The city is famously grey, the sky was grey, the streets were grey, then - of all things - even the fire engines were grey too!

If I had a camera with me, it would not have mattered if it had a colour film or not.

Added by Rob Johnson on 29 March 2013.
Cost was the main issue unpainted sides meant less maintenance.... with narrow lanes and overhanging trees the lot of many a rural station can see why - agree this utilty looks a little grim ...a bit of colour certainly improves the appearance of most appliances, our poor old Bedford looked like it had been dragged through a hedge backwards after the summer of '76' it was returned from workshops looking much better although not perfect once the rains came ...but can remember how drab our appliances looked compared to the solid red apparatus from the next county

Added by Gary bolton on 30 March 2013.
Can anybody tell me if this rally at Escot Park is on in 2016 ?..it usually clashes with another event but I have that weekend free next year ?

Added by Rick Loudon on 28 November 2015.
This rally has been at Lympstone near Exmouth for the last couple of events.
It is usually every other year, so probably not in 2016.

Added by Bristol Bob on 02 December 2015.
Thanks Bob..would appreciate any other 'updates' on dates in the future please ?

Added by Rick Loudon on 03 December 2015.
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