More from my files. This one goes back to 2000 when the first Herne Bay Rally was organised to mark the garage's closure. Fortunately the garage (and the rally) are still around. Although at the time of this first show I own 7681, she was not on the road and Thanet not having any Bristol VR's left I decided to take 7122 an ex Selkent Leyland Olympian with late ECW bodywork. We had four of these things at Thanet and although lovely to drive they were totally unsuited to life outside London with (this particular one) having a top speed of 40mph! One was even slower 7134 which would bomb along at 36mph - perfect for the 18 mile drive to Canterbury! Also the front doors with its split level step caused many a local in Thanet to hit the deck. They lasted a few years from what I can remember and the next imports from London, the Northern Counties bodied Scanias were a bit more successful.
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.
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Owner of 5807, 5809, 5137, 7656, 7681, 7041 & 40301
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