Worthing Bus Gathering and Running Day

Pictures from the 2002 event

Southdown took delivery of a largish batch of Park Royal bodied Guy Arab IVs in the 1950s - many were allocated to Worthing and used on the main services up the A24 to Findon and Horsham. Luckily one of these is preserved and 547 is seen here looking as good as new.

During 2002 several local enthusiasts in Worthing managed to repatriate Utility Guy Arab open topper, 451 (GUF191), from Denmark - this was acheived by the purchase of an RT and an exchange faciliated at Felixstowe docks. The Danes got the better deal in my opinion - they got a road-worthy bus - we got this ..... !! 451 was one of a number of such buses refurbished and converted to open-top for use on sea front services throughout the Southdown area.

New to Eastern Counties Bristol Lodekka LFL57 (557BNG), is one of the rarer FL6G variety.

LFL57 again, this time alongisde sister ECOC original, FLF453 (JAH553D) now owned by Stagecoach in Peterborough (formerly Viscount Bus & Coach). FLF453 was painted in Stagecoach's smart Golden Jubilee version of its new corporate livery, one of two such vehicles seen at the 2002 rally.

The other Stagecoach Jubilee liveried vehicle was Coastline's 278 (P278VPN) and the two were posed next to one another towards the end of the day when things had quietened down a bit.

Two East Kent vehicles - Stagecoach 318 (S318CCD), a Volvo Olympian with Alexander bodywork painted in Group Standard livery with East Kent Dennis Lancet CFN154.

A recent restoration by Friends of King Alfred Buses is Bedford VAL CCG704C which carries a Plaxton body. It was new to the Company in 1965. The coach had been converted into a racing car transporter and restoration involved the purchase of an identical body to the original for a transplant to be performed - and you can't even see the join!

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© Gerry Cork - January 2003
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