Chook Wagon: A French rotisserie chicken vendor

Moore Wilson's is a chain of Cash and Carry stores in the Wellington region. They wanted a little piece of France in their car park; a vendor station offering Parisian style rotisserie chickens. They asked us to replicate a 1947 Citroen light truck that is now located in their car park. However it would need to be larger in scale than the oringal truck, to accomodate the kitchen unit. But it still needed to look believable and authentic in every detail, right down to the door handles and crates in the roof rack.

The central kitchen unit was built and fitted by Future Products Group Limited; a Napier company that provide food retail solutions. We worked with them in the design phase to ensure the vendor and customer requirements were met. Below Zero, refrigeration experts, were also involved handling ducting and extraction systems, which we needed to hide from view. We did this with fabricated crates.

The Human Dynamo designers started by researching Citroen vans and trucks. Looking at existing plans and 3D models. Compiling images, reference files and mood boards. Designer Andrew Martis then created a 3D cad model of the Citroen. This design phase was critical to the overall success of the job. Involving consultation with the client and kitchen build teams.

The design was then broken down into parts and plans. The truck is made of the steel and fiberglass components. We used our CNC routers to create the panel moulds.

The team at Human Dynamo paid attention to detail. This included the signage, speaks and brass manhole cover, all completed in vintage French styling.

Human Dynamo director, Sue Dorrington said, "I'm proud of the outcome, it's a really good result. Everyone worked on the project with amazing skill and dedication. That is proven true in the fact that most customers think the truck is real. People are often asking, 'is it going to travel around?'"