This is C673LJR an ex Go Ahead North East Leyland Olympian with ECW bodywork. She is currently being used as a youth community bus around Kent and is staying at Kent Top Travel's Canterbury garage. These buses always seemed very advanced to me. Whilst everyone else was ordering Olympians with Gardner engines and semi automatic gearboxes, Nothern General were ordering them with Cummins engines and fully automatic Voith gearboxes. They even have split level enterance steps. These buses dated from 1985 and few years later Cummins/ Voith would become the standard power unit in Olympians.
This is Southern Vectis 679 (FDL679V) a 1979 Bristol VR - basically like 7681. She is currently with Johnsons of Hodthorpe (as are quite a few other ex Southern Vectis VR's). Wouldn't it be nice to see her restored in this bright allover advert she wore for Blackgang Chine back in the 90's? Would make a change from leaf green and would certainly stand out in any line up! I often wonder what I would've done had I have owned 7682 instead. Like 679 she spent many years in various advert liveries (although not as bright as this one maybe!) Would I had been tempted to restore her in a advert for a long defunct local company?
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