As usual, but then this is expected of us, Southdown Motor Services was well represented. Here Leyland Leopard coach
1703 (2703CD) which has locally built Harrington bodywork arrives back at the rally from one of the mystery tours.
Heene Terrace, in the background, provides a very imposing backdrop and is probably the only building on the seafront with any architectral merit (apart from the Dome Cinema of course) !!
Several Queen Marys (Maries?) were to be seen in cluding Phil Blair's rather nicely restored 279 (BUF279C) - one of the 1965 closed top delivery.
As usual, the open top services proved very popular with the crowds, and here 401 (PRX206B - originally 401DCD) arrives back from Shoreham Beach on its way to Goring with a full load.
The National Bus Company era was also remembered - here Southdown Leyland National 37 (RUF37R) arrives to pick up another load for the Real Ale service - a very popular run - but then it was bound to be!
Local coach operator Rons Coaches sent along their ex-Go-Ahead Northern Metrobus DVK491W) and allowed it to be used in service - it still carries its original operator's livery.
Heritage Coaches of Shoreham-by-Sea lent us - yes lent us (we had to go and get it ourselves) - this ex-Southend Transport Leyland Fleetline with Northern Counties body. It had been No.224 in that fleet. It is painted in this rather - um - unusual livery. 224 is ssen here at Angmering Gates on the Country Real Ale service 5X. It still carries a Southend number blind front and back - so we made use if it!
Worthing Rally information.
© Gerry Cork - August 2001