Bob visits the Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Bob visits the Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Bob Gurr with Ward Kimball's 1916 American LaFrance fire truck - BobGurr.comOn Saturday, February 6th, 2016, Bob visited a couple of old friends at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum in Bellflower, CA. Those old friend were actually two fire engines from Ward Kimball’s private collection, which are now on display at the Museum.

Bob happily retold the story of the time he drove Ward’s 1916 American LaFrance fire truck in a parade in Temple City, CA. The engine was originally in service to the Venice Fire Department, in Venice, California until the Los Angeles Fire Department took over the Venice Fire Department. It then became LA Fire Department Engine #63, until it was retired and Ward Kimball bought it for his Grizzly Flats Railroad. Ward also used his new fire engine to drive around Disneyland with his band, the Firehouse 5 Plus 2.

When Ward Kimball passed away, his family donated the ALF fire engine and his 1888 Silsby Steam Fire Engine to the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.

Bob Gurr with Ward Kimball's 1916 American LaFrance fire truck - BobGurr.comBob Gurr with Ward Kimball's 1916 American LaFrance fire truck - BobGurr.comBob Gurr with Ward Kimball's 1916 American LaFrance fire truck - BobGurr.comBob Gurr with Ward Kimball's 1888 Silsby Steam Fire Engine at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum - BobGurr.comBob Gurr talking with volunteers of the LA County Fire Museum - BobGurr.comBob Gurr checking out an old race car at the LA County Fire Museum - BobGurr.com


Jay Leno and Bob Gurr - BobGurr.comAnd there’s more…

What would Ward Kimball’s old 1916 American LaFrance fire engine look like if he’d re-built it into a hot rod? To find out, watch Bob’s long time car friend Gary Wales show it off to Jay Leno.

Gary and Bob first met as pals in the Rolls~Royce Owner’s Club of Southern California in 1979, when he was the Chairman of the Club. Gary was fearlessly building or restoring the wildest cars. Some were very authentic and correct, but the best ones were totally original. His latest mad-man project is the LaBestioni Rusty Two.

More details here – Leno drives a 1915 American LaFrance fire truck roadster