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Dave Grohl tests out the Little Brass Van

 The van see’s stars

It’s not often I can say I get star struck, but when Dave Grohl comes up to you to ask about the van you literally get lost for words.

The Foo Fighters knocked the socks off Perth on Sunday, led by the infamous Dave Grohl! What I wasn’t expecting was for him to be strolling along the sunny streets of Perth. 

His is own words were “this van is the coolest bar I’ve seen man”.  

Of course I had to ask if I could get a photo of him pulling a pint and he jumped straight in!  

Thanks Dave, what a legend!  

 

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Beginning of the renovation

Ok, so where to start? I must admit, it was going to be a bit of a trial and error project, with a rough plan and a bit of a vision. The Little Brass Van has a new home for the next few months, the new home couldn't be better suited - a yard with a vintage car restorer and a cabinet shop... 

The team at Farrace auto rust were brilliant, and Carl set to work to chop up the sides and fabricate the bar front and remove the windows from the right hand side. 

This little Citroen is finally going under the knife for the first time in 55 years, the first steps to becoming the highlight of weddings and events are underway.      

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First blog post - how to ship a van from Europe to Australia

Ok, so we've just worked this function and what better way to understand it than to give it a go.

As you'll already be aware the journey of the Little Brass Van started in Europe, it took about 7 weeks to get over to Perth. A bit of advice on shipping things - use a customs broker. We used McLintock International, they were brilliant. They made the whole process very simple, and certainly a lot easier than doing it myself.

When it arrived to Fremantle, I must say it was very exciting! I hired a trailer and picked it up from the dock and took it around to the customs yard where it was ready for cleaning... This was not a great experience.... Thanks to McLintock it was very well organised, however, until customs release it, there nothing that anyone can do. They pressure washed the entire van, inside and out. Not a great start to the little brass vans first experience on Australian soil.

Anyway, a couple days later, we got the call to go and pick her up. What a treat. Finally, a van with a personality. We put her back on the trailer and towed her to Malaga which is going to be her home for a few months whilst she gets a bit of a face lift. Driving through Fremantle, Cottesloe, Scarborough, she certianly got plenty of attention.

The adventure can now begin.