Cassels Beer Bus

Regal by name. Regal by nature.


This show stopper is sure to capture the imagination of your guests with her rustic beauty and old world charm. The 1936 AEC Mark 1 Regal Half Cab started life as the No16 Welling Transport Bus. Built by the Wellington Tramways from native Kauri and Southland Beech she has stood the test of time and lives up to her name ‘Regal.’

Surplus to requirements, she left the service of the Wellington Tramways and was sold to a truck wreckers in Horopito in the 1950s. The wreckers was also famously known as smash palace (the location of the Bruno Laurence film). Here she was discovered by Dr Graham Shanks who purchased the 1936 AEC Mark 1 Regal and took her home to Christchurch where she was outfitted with seven bunk beds and reborn as the Shanks family’s motor home.

The bus has remained in the Shanks family ever since and in 2003 was gifted to Dr Graham’s grandson Joe. Son-in-law to iconic Christchurch businessman, Alasdair Cassels, the bus has once again metamorphosed and is now the Cassels and Son’s Brewing Co 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.

Key Facts

  •  8.5m long
  • 2.5m wide
  • 2.4m high
  • 7.6 tonne
  • 2.4m wide x  6m long awning
  • 7.6 litre direct injected oil engine
  • Fluid fly wheel
  • Pre-select gear box
  • Fitted with 9 bunk beds

Hire Options

This full service beer bus is available for hire. Hosting on your behalf at private parties, weddings, engagement parties, festivals, corporate and special events.

Option One

  • Beer Bus hire only
  • Hire period 10am – 12 midnight
  • Transport to and from location within 30km radius
  • Driver
  • Set up/break down

Option Two

Bus hire plus food and beverages.

Please contact our Events team to discuss your specific requirements and provide you with a quote.

Option Three

Bus hire plus beverage sales.

Please contact our Events team to discuss your specific requirements and provide you with a quote.

We can also arrange music for your event, for example live music, a DJ, or solo artists.