As far as the organisers of the Adur & Worthing Bus Gathering and Running Day are concerned, our decision to reloate the event to the Adur Recreation Ground at Shoreham-by-Sea was a resounding success. We were able to accommodate all the entrants with ease and park them so that on the whole photographers were able to get the shots they wanted. Experience gained during the early part of the event enabled us to add extra journeys additional to the timetabled buses, much to the delight of our riders.
In a nutshell, it worked.
So, having blown our own trumpet just a little, I think it only fair to share with you some of the delights of the day - so ........
First to arrive was this Olympian belonging to the Honeypot children's charity. They can be found here ......(click)
Hot on their heels were the two buses from Amberley Working Museum who are regular supporters of our rally. The little Dennis 30cwt was accompanied this year by MO9324, a Thames Valley Tilling Stevens.
Former Hedingham Omnibuses Leopard/Plaxton BEV105X was entered by Nick Eaton.
Village Coaches of Findon sent former London Buses Titan T795 now registered NSU513 but was originally OHV795Y. The pseudo-Southdown livery sits well.
Village's other contribution to the event was former Southdown Leopard MAP340W carrying the gold and green colours it had when new for the Flightline service from Gatwick.
Southdown 481 (TCD481J) was one of 10 Bristol RESL/Marshal saloons new to Southdown in 1971. It has only recently been on the rally circuit. Nice to see it looking so smart.
Norman Standbridge's Leopard/Marshall saloon is newly out this year and has been restored to a high standard. 122 (BUF122C) was new in 1965.
The first two London buses to arrive were RML2620 bearing Metroline livery and RM349 which carries LT livery with the open white roundal.
These were followed immediately by RTL1427 which, unsually for a Leyland carries a roof-box RT10 body.
This operated in service later on in the day.
The 8ft version of the RT was to be seen in the form of Fraser Clayton's RTW185 (KLB915). It always looks immaculate.
A pair of RMCs bearing Arriva lettering also appeared; 1453 was the first of these Green Line "coaches" while RMC1464 has had an open top conversion.