Moaning aside, there are obviously perks to working in the industry. As I said earlier, it's sometimes nice to play with other (less demanding?) buses every so often. My garage is home to a preserved bus, AEC Regent MFN946F. Although preserved she still has to earn her keep occasionally and she's all class 6 and has a tachograph for private hires (staff weddings are a favourite!) which contributes to her cost. She is pretty immaculate and to be honest is probably the closest thing to riding a new AEC Regent I'll ever get. Now one minor bug bare has been her lack of appropriate destination blinds. She had no number blinds and was running with modern 'Dayglo' blinds from another garage. Believe it or not, bus companies have budgets and at the moment ours is very tight. Obviously reproduction blinds aren't cheap and we couldn't justify the cost (for now). So with a number of shows looming what could I do? Well I decided to adapt and create. It will have appropriate blinds in it for the big year - even if they are fixed with a limited number of places to display. In fact I've spent more time working on this than I have my own vehicles!
Her first show is at The South East Bus Festival at Detling on 2nd April so I hope you get to enjoy her and maybe have a ride on her.