1969 Dennis Fire Engine
Year of manufacture1969
Number of seats2
1969 Dennis D-Type Fire Engine/Car Transporter
Registration no. XKK 54
Chassis no. 1.1204/231
Since 2017, the Goodwood Road Racing Club has had the pleasure of having this Dennis D-Type Fire Engine at Goodwood to assist in providing a backdrop and promotional space to promote the Goodwood Road Racing Club Fellowship.
The Dennis has been housed at Goodwood for the 2019 season and in exchange the GRRC has provided the owner with access to Goodwood's headline events. The Dennis transporter has become the flagship for the Fellowship at its headline events at Goodwood, and always draws a crowd as it often carries a competition car on the back, which really attracts attention.
Chassis number '1.1204/231' was ordered late in 1969 and delivered to New South Wales (NSW) Fire Brigade in the early 1970s. It is one of 75 Dennis D Water Tenders supplied to NWS Fire Brigades, and served the Sydney suburb of Busby from November 1971 and later the rural townships of Warialda and Inverell before being decommissioned and sold off in 1999. Its original Australian registration was 'FBY-446'.
The vehicle was later purchased by classic car aficionado Norm Bolito, who had 'Dennis the Menace' converted into his team's new race car transporter to take the team's Chrysler competition vehicles to motor sports events across Australia. Noteworthy features include Bostrom air-ride seats, fold-out stainless steel workbench, gas barbecue, and a 12-volt fridge/freezer.
In 2003, the Dennis was returned to the UK by its current owner to transport his ex-Mike Hawthorn works 1955 Jaguar D-type. This was quite fitting as this Dennis 'D' is powered by a 1964 4.2-litre Jaguar XK engine, and 1958 Formula 1 World Champion Hawthorn worked at Dennis Bros for a while.
The Goodwood Road Racing Club has thoroughly enjoyed working with the owner and is truly grateful that it has had access to the Dennis for the last few years. The GRRRC would love the opportunity to continue this relationship with the vehicle's new owner. The vehicle is MoT'd to August 2020 and comes with a V5C Registration Certificate.