Firstly, apologies to anyone arriving at the East Kent Bus Festival looking forward to a ride on Nick's open top Leyland National, this was a little one off for 1st April... NPD145L is still in one piece and as far as I know hasn't become the Shanklin's Pony replacement bus!
Well with various shows and days down HQ, I have had quite a busy month. Sometimes I can't help think it would be easier to have the shows in the winter and spend the whole summer months working on the motors... well, the weather is better for starters. On 5th April we attended South East bus Festival and on 20th April we were out again at The Gears Of Change Classic Car Show at Sandwich. Both these were attended with Bernard's WKO137S and a full report and pictures will be available on The Southern Counties website.
Work has started on another Maidstone & District bus, 5807 (PKE807M). Paul and myself spend an afternoon at HQ opening up the slats on the radiator. As stated previously on this site, they help keep the water temperature up during the depths of winter, but in summertime have to be fully opened to allow the radiator to work. 5807's had been painted shut and this could be the reason why she gets slower before stopping. Anyway, the damn things are open now and Paul has removed the spring which closes them so they can't shut by themselves and 5807 should enjoy a nice airflow through her grill. The next step is to wait for a very hot day and try her out... fingers crossed everyone. If it works, she will be sent up for MOT and be back on the road this year. It would be nice to have one of "Jake's Buses" back out there.
This May, I will be getting Bernard's Bristol LH coach AFJ692T ready for MOT and don't forget that on Sunday 25th May, we're holding the 2014 Thanet Road Run. If you like to see local vehicles running along old routes, you will love this. No matter what the weather, it's a good day out with various photo stops and a lunch stop, it's a leisurely drive around the coast of the Isle of Thanet. Again, more details are available at the SCOC website.
As part of the website upgrades, I will eventually be adding a "Jake's Taxis" page as I have both an FX4 Fairway and a Metrocab taxi. Although not buses (obviously!) when restored, they will attend various shows and events on behalf of SCOC.
And finally (and cunningly placed at the bottom of the news spot!) , a new vehicle has joined the collection. Owned by myself but very much a Southern Counties vehicle there will be more on this later this month.
This coming Sunday is of course the excellent Herne Bay Bus Rally which is held in William Street Car Park in the town. Originally I hoped to take a few of our buses along but an expensive MOT on my car and buying 7041 has put pay to this. We will be there in (probably!) 5137 which would be her first visit to this event.
On September 11th there is the New Romney Bus Rally which is held in the car park of the light railway station. Classic buses, steam trains and fish and chips at Dungeness - what could be better? Again I will be taking one of our buses along - maybe 7980 or 7681.
The Thanet Roadrun will also hopefully be in September too at some point where we will be celebrating 7681's 30th birthday and her 10th year in preservation. If you'd like more information on any of these events please contact me via the site.
This was my second run on this event, last time I used 7681 but this time I decided on Bernard's 7980. It's basically a run around Thanet on the former 49/52 and 69 routes and gives enthusiasts chance to get pictures of the buses in their native enviroment as well as giving us owners a chance to meet up at the end of the season. As well as 7980, 0977 (Pride Of Thanet), AEC Regent PFN867 and ex London Transport RT4139 were there too. A full report will follow soon.
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