11/05/2014

Looking back... Hawkes of Pode Hole in 1994

Philip Slynn continues his series of well received Looking back... guest features with something a little different - he takes up the story...

"In October 1994 an auction was held at the premises of Hawkes of Pode Hole near Spalding. As far as I know he was never an operator, but a collector and scattered around the premises were numerous derelict and semi-derelict buses and coaches. Here are a few of the more recognisable ones"

Hawkes of Pode Hole 1994 (c) Philip Slynn
First picture shows ex Southend Corporation 335. This was the most complete vehicle on site and looked worthy of preservation. However, it is not listed in the PSV Circle listing of preserved buses, but there is a picture of it around in 2005 when it was a party bus. It is a 1965 Leyland PD3 with a Massey body © Philip Slynn.

Hawkes of Pode Hole 1994 (c) Philip Slynn
Next is ex East Kent FFN 384 which is a 1951 Guy Arab III with Park Royal bodywork. Again this does not appear in the PSV Circle list of preserved buses. In the auction catalogue this was described as a vehicle for restoration, engine runs and has a Swansea V5 © Philip Slynn.

Hawkes of Pode Hole 1994 (c) Philip Slynn
This vehicle is listed by the PSV Circle as being preserved and is of course ex London Transport. It is a roofbox RT no RT1320 with a Saunders body © Philip Slynn.

Hawkes of Pode Hole 1994 (c) Philip Slynn
Another vehicle listed as being preserved is BGV 845, a 1949 Bedford OB, which according to the catalogue was owned by Norfolks of Nayland all its working life © Philip Slynn.

Hawkes of Pode Hole 1994 (c) Philip Slynn
New to Morris of Pencoed, this is a 1972 Duple bodied Bedford YRQ. It looks in reasonable condition, but I can find no further trace of it. It was a late entry to the auction and does not appear in the catalogue © Philip Slynn.

Hawkes of Pode Hole 1994  (c) Philip Slynn
Finally, lot no 228 is a ex Leicester Leyland PD3 with MCW bodywork. It is listed as preserved and is fleet no 48 GRY 48D © Philip Slynn.

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