DMS 550 has been sold on to a lovely gentleman called Paul Tripptree. This is Paul's first bus after many classic car restorations, however, Paul's not daunted by his first large vehicle as he used to work in a truck and bus repair company and has tackled worse than 550. The bus will be staying with our buses whilst Paul gets her roadworthy before moving her to secure storage nearer his home. May I take this chance to wish Paul the best of luck with his first step into the world of bus preservation. I will be on hand to help him and offer any advice he needs to restore this most important vehicle
As stated below we have another new bus joining the collection. I'm pleased to announce I'm in the process of acquiring MFN41R, East Kent's first Bristol VR and latterly the Thanet Crimebuster then the Silver Safety Bus. I'm hoping to collect her within the new few weeks once the paperwork is sorted out. She will be DMS550's replacement in the collection.
Well Saturday night and Sunday we were at this popular event which is held in Quex Park, Birchington. The weather was great as was the company - thanks Paul and Carol! We were going to take 5137 but as this was a Thanet event we took 7980 instead as she is still in the guise of a Thanet car. Again we set up the 'tent within a bus' which didn't work as well on the Willowbrook as it does on the ECW buses due to the wheel arches being slightly closer together. Sunday evening I cooked a lovely curry on our camping stoves in 7980's luggage rack. A full report will follow on the site soon.
Hopefully by this time tomorrow I would've secured another double decker for the collection. More on this later but she is a runner but will be arriving in non PCV mode (minus seats). This does mean that I've sadly got to let DMS550 go as I really need the space and don't have the time to devote to her. Her current status is basically a kit of parts waiting to be put back together. She comes with most of the DMS seats, spare glass, window rubbers, handrails and a set of front doors. She will be sold strictly for preservation- remembering she is the last of her batch left and a very solid Park Royal example too. Contact me via the site if you're seriously interested.
As you will know from reading this website I spent many years living on the Isle of Wight and Bernard also has connections down that way as well as the Southwest. A couple of new websites have been started which are well worth a look at if you're interested in things down this way. http://vectisveterans.yolasite.com/ is the address of Vectis Veterans which details some of the former Southern Vectis buses now in preservation.
http://southbusscene.weebly.com/ is Southern Bus Scene with pictures and news of buses in the south of England. Proper links will be added on my links page.
Well Preston, probably our biggest event, is over for another year. We had a truly fantastic weekend living aboard 5137 whilst 7980 was on display 'next door'! The gallery has been put up and can be seen HERE!
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