News: Are you going to Gaydon?
Published 29 July 2014, 17:07
A 2014 Volvo double-decker, a 1994 rebodied Leyland Atlantean and a much admired 1961 AEC Bridgemaster are among the latest vehicles booked for Buses Festival 2014, the new event at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon in Warwickshire on Sunday 31 August.
The event — organised by the Buses magazine team with support from colleagues at Bus & Coach Preservation and Classic Bus — is for modern vehicles as well as bygone years.
Among the newest there will be from Delaine Buses, a Wright Gemini 2-bodied Volvo B9TL that took to the roads of south Lincolnshire and Peterborough on 1 March, a smart vehicle representing one of the most enduring and popular independent local bus operators still owned by its founding family.
The rebodied Atlantean, helping represent the period immediately after bus services were deregulated, is RAU 804M, which began life with Nottingham City Transport in 1974 as an East Lancs-bodied double-decker. Twenty years later, it returned to the bodybuilder’s Blackburn factory to emerge as a single-decker in the colours of South Notts, the former independent acquired by NCT.
The Bridgemaster, one of the earlier rear entrance versions, is the truly magnificent Leicester 217, restored painstakingly a few years ago to as new condition.
Trade stands offering models, collectibles, photographs and other bus related material will be indoors on the mezzanine gallery above the museum, where there is also an excellent restaurant offering hot and cold food. Further stalls and displays will be outside.
Stagecoach Midlands will provide a free shuttle bus starting at 09.15 from Leamington Upper Parade and picking up at Leamington Spa railway station 10min later. The last bus back will be at 17.30pm, scheduled to arrive in Leamington at 18.00 (railway station) and 18.10 (Upper Parade). The full timetable will be posted on the website shortly at www.busesmag.com.
Anyone wishing to display a vehicle or take part in the running day can download an entry form at www.busesmag.com or phone Michelle Withers on 01780 755131.
Tickets on the day cost £12 for adults and £8 for children (5-16), but you can save money by purchasing in advance and also bypass the queues in our express entry lane. Advance tickets are adults £10 and children £6.