06/09/2014

Looking back... Hampton Court Flower Show in the mid nineties - part 2

Continuing our latest Looking back... trip to the nineties we are focusing on coaches visiting the Hampton Court Flower Show in circa 1996 - an event which remains popular today, included in this three part feature will be an interesting selection of coaches from around the UK as well as a few from local operators, all of the photographs have once again been kindly supplied by our regular correspondent David Bell.

Hampton Court Flower Show circa 1996
We start this part with this "dinky" short wheelbase Plaxton Paramount 38 CRC which is seen here working for Chambers Coaches of Stevenage, this interesting vehicle was new to Wray, Harrogate in 1989 and was originally registered F374 MUT (c) David Bell.

Hampton Court Flower Show circa 1996
Next up we see Dorchester Coachways Van Hool Alizee bodied Volvo B10M GIL 1684, whilst very little information can be found online about this coach we understand that it was once the subject of a limited 100 piece Corgi bus model run commissioned by the operator (c) David Bell.

Hampton Court Flower Show circa 1996
Here we see an unusual Caetano bodied Dennis Javelin M6 ERN operated by Essex-based Anitas Coaches (c) David Bell.

Hampton Court Flower Show circa 1996
Another Van Hool Alizee bodied Volvo B10M seen here is M136 SKY operating for Simmonds Coaches of Letchworth, this coach was new to this operator in 1995 (c) David Bell.

Hampton Court Flower Show circa 1996
We finish this part with this shot of Dawlish Coaches Plaxton bodied Mercedes-Benz 811d K922 UFX which was new to Tedd, Thruxton in 1992 (c) David Bell.

Look out for the third and final part of this feature which should be online early next week.