Veteran bus fans mark ten years of success
THE 10th Historic Vehicle Rally is being staged by the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust (WHOTT) at the Devon County Showground at Westpoint near Exeter on Sunday, writes Nick Craig.
The vehicle displays will feature around 60 veteran buses, coaches and commercial vehicles, mostly with Westcountry connections.
A special feature this year will be a display of AEC buses and lorries to mark the centenary of the famous British manufacturer of heavy vehicles – remember their slogan "Builders of London's buses"?
A new book, One Hundred Years of AEC in the West Country by Philip Platt and John Sykes will be launched at the event and the authors will be present to sign copies during the day.
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The rally is open to the public from 10am to 4.30pm.
Many people enjoy the opportunity to ride on older buses and coaches.
For the young it is a chance to see how their parents travelled while for others it's the opportunity to rekindle old memories. When did you last meet a bus conductor, for instance?
So why not travel down memory lane and sample a free vintage bus service from Exeter bus station every 30 minutes from 10am to 4pm, while a variety of other preserved and modern vehicles will offer rides around the 100-acre Westpoint site during the day.
WHOTT is grateful to Stagecoach, Devon for its support and co-operation in staging the event.
There is extensive car parking, all on hard standing, and catering is available on site.
â For more Information contact Nick Craig, West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust on 01803 857106, mobile 07877 007105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the WHOTT website at busmuseum.org.uk