I've just been looking back at the old News Page posts on the website. It's hard to believe I started this website ten years ago this year. In fact the first post on the news page was on 22nd October 2008 with an announcement that SKL681X had passed her MOT - something she'd struggle to do nowadays with her oil leak. By this time I'd owned her for 7 years. Then the news time line travels through the purchases of PKE807M and MLK550L as well as shows at Herne Bay and Chilli Farm in TFN980T and WKO137S, it's almost like reading old diaries. Since then I've certainly learned an awful lot about bus preservation, it's been an interesting learning curve. But if I could do it again would I have done anything different? Well maybe chased a bit harder after certain vehicles that have slipped through my fingers, but probably not. Unfortunately events in 'real' life often interfere with hobbies such as bus preservation and there's no doubt the buses and myself have been through some good times and some bad times together which is probably why they're not as restored as I'd like them to be! They might not be restored to everyone's standard but the main thing is they're safe and still in the UK (unlike many other VRs.).
So maybe in October I might commemorate the 10th anniversary of the website with a little run out around east Kent (or East Kent) in PKE809M and look forward to the next ten years.
Well no, not quite but Rosiy, Paul, Muffin the Bus and myself did visit Lydden Hill Race Track in Kent for the Classic Weekend. Lots of old blasts from the pasts here with classic Fords and BMC cars as well as the Group B Rally cars from the 1980's.
7041 was nearly back on her old stomping ground having been based in Folkestone all of her life and the Lydden valley would have been on one of her runs from Folkestone to Canterbury.
Work continues on PKE809M with the upper deck refurbishment nearly finished. I think if I see another seat frame that needs repainting I'll scream! Fortunately the lower deck is a lot tidier and doesn't need that much attention. Rosiy has been hard at work scrubbing all of the seats and the results are amazing. 45 years worth of grime, nicotine and muck vanished before our eyes! Took advantage of the hot day today too and took a scraper to 809's battered exterior paint. After an hour of sitting in the sun, the paint becomes quite easy to get off. It's very similar to wallpaper stripping if I'm honest. Underneath the grey and red was the NBC green which looked very bright in the sunshine.
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