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Messy Bugger - gone but not forgotten......! by Roy  Massicks

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This was the 1994 Toyota Hilux, double cab 4 × 4 that we had when living on Gt. Barrier Island. The number plate read ’ Messy ’ and the surround had ’ bugger ’ on it. So, ’ Messy Bugger.’ The plate was given to us by our son – quite appropriate for a 4 X 4 and at the time Toyota were running an advert on TV for a Hilux where everything the farmer did he ended up by saying ’ bugger ! ’
It had many uses when on the Island – I can remember one morning I had to go down to the barge at the wharf, arriving with some of the stock for our shop. In the afternoon it was used as a hearse at a funeral.

Location: Gt. Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand.

PENTAX P30N 35mm SLR Film Camera, image scanned and digitised.


hilux, 4 x 4, four wheel drive, double cab, 1994, toyota, gt barrier island, personalised number plate, hauraki gulf, new zealand


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicks11 months ago
  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep11 months ago

    Messy the license plate, but Neat the photo!! Interesting and excellent story!

  • Thank you so much for the favourite Gena and your great comments. This was the best vehicle we ever owned ! It was a bit hungry on the petrol on long trips so we sold it !

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz4711 months ago

    Until I read the description, I thought maybe this referred to the heaps of dirty laundry in the back seat. Come to think of it, I’m STILL not sure. Good one, Roy. Stay Tidy.

  • Many thanks Sheila – I was so proud of it strangely it was never messy inside or out !

    – Roy Massicks

  • 242Digital
    242Digital11 months ago

    Excellent Roy and funny story. Love that car and had lot of fun with a similar one when I was in Central America.

  • Thank you Jeremy – we bought this basic model of the Hilux because it didn’t have electric windows etc. The dust and the salt air on Gt. Barrier Island would have wrecked them in no time !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...11 months ago

    I wasi think that was your “Nick name”

  • Cheers and thanks Warren – ’ Messy ’ was actually my son’s nickname !

    – Roy Massicks

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradour11 months ago

    This is brilliant Roy well taken, love the narrative

  • Many thanks Malcolm – so pleased you like it. It was such a versatile vehicle and when we took it to Auckland no-one tried to have us on ! The old rule – ’ I’m bigger than you !’

    – Roy Massicks

  • John44
    John4411 months ago

    Mmmm George.. love that Car !!!
    Very wonderful capture
    Compliments from Holland

  • Thank you very much John – it really was my most favourite vehicle !

    – Roy Massicks

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