Built from native Kauri and Southland Beech, this 1936 AEC Mark 1 Regal Half Cab started life as the No16 Wellington Transport Bus.
In the 1950s, Regal became surplus to requirements to the Wellington Tramways. She made her final, one-way journey to Horopito to a truck wrecker’s yard, famously known as Smash Palace (and used as a location in the iconic kiwi film of the same name). Fortunately, a saviour arrived in the form of Dr Graham Shanks who purchased her and took her home to Christchurch. Outfitted with seven bunk beds, Regal was reborn as the Shanks family’s motor home.
A Shanks family fixture ever since, in 2003 Regal she was gifted to Dr Graham’s grandson, Joe – son-in-law to iconic Christchurch businessman, Alasdair Cassels. A true queen of transformations, Regal has once again metamorphosed and is now the Cassels Beer Bus.
Available for hire for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, Christmas parties – be restricted only by your imagination! This magnificent beauty will turn the ordinary into something extraordinary
- 8.2m long
- 2.4m wide
- 2.6m high
- 6 tonne
- 3m deep x 6m wide awning
This full-service beer bus is available for hire, perfect for private parties, weddings, engagement parties, festivals, corporate and special events.
Please contact our events team for more information about Hire Options