In a week that saw yet another SCOC member pass a driving test (well done George!) we found ourselves at Detling on the Kent County Showground yesterday for the excellent South East Bus Festival. This saw the launch of two vehicles within the collection both owned by my friends Nick and Peter Moore. Nick's Volvo Olympian M916MKM made it's preservation debut here whilst his Dad Peter brought along freshly restored Q255GRW. I don't know how many father and son teams there are in the preservation world but this was certainly a very special day all round. Both buses are really beautiful to drive and ride on and are certainly welcome additions to the preservation movement.
What a busy week. Playing with Nick's buses last weekend, yesterday I took DMS 550 too Woods Commercial Services with Paul and Andy and in between all this, SCOC member Robin Harrison goes and passes his PCV licence! Congratulations to Robin who is now driving buses for a major operator on the south coast. On behalf of myself and everyone at Southern Counties Omnibus Collection, we wish you many years of safe and happy bus driving.
Something a bit more modern than my VRs... I had the pleasure of taking Nick's preserved Volvo Olympian M916MKM out for a test drive today to iron out any snags for the South East Bus Festival on the 28th of this month. Wow, she's a gorgeous vehicle to drive and certainly has some poke. I drive Stagecoach Olympians nearly every day at work but 5916 is totally different to those - in a good way! Don't forget that both 5916 and National 1255 will make their debut at the South East Bus Festival as preserved buses.
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