05/07/2015

Looking back... Showbus at Woburn 1982 - part 1

With Showbus returning to Woburn this year for the first time since 1992 our regular guest blogger Philip Slynn has delved back into his archives to find a selection of photographs from the first time the event was held there - ten years previously in 1982, included in this two part post are a sample of the vehicles which attended that year...

Showbus at Woburn 1982 (c) Philip Slynn
Firstly we have AEC Reliance MOR 581 new to Aldershot and District in 1954 with a coach body for use on London express services. It was rebodied in 1967 with a bus body by MCW. It entered preservation in 1976 and is still being rallied (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus at Woburn 1982 (c) Philip Slynn
Chapman Stevens, the insurance brokers were one of the sponsors of this event and here we have their promotional bus in the form of this ex London Transport AEC Swift EGN 158J new in 1970. This survived in preservation for a while, but was scrapped for spares in 1990 (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus at Woburn 1982 (c) Philip Slynn
Our third vehicle is Bristol MW6G EDV 546D new to Southern National in 1966. It is seen here whilst with the Juniper Hill School of Flackwell Heath near High Wycombe. It was scrapped in 2005 (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus at Woburn 1982 (c) Philip Slynn
MHR 50X is a Dennis Dominator with Northern Counties bodywork. It was new to Thamesdown early in 1982 (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus at Woburn 1982 (c) Philip Slynn
DDM 652 is a Maudslay Marathon II with Duple coachwork. It was new to Rhyl United Coaches in 1947. It was purchased and restored by Seaview services in the Isle of Wight in 1985 and sold on for further preservation in 1985. It is still listed as preserved, and the latest pictures on Flickr are from 2012 (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus at Woburn 1982 (c) Philip Slynn
Our final picture for this post is Leyland Atlantean GBB 518K in the fleet of Cedar Coaches of Bedford. It was new to Tyne and Wear PTE in 1972 and has an Alexander body. 2 vehicles of the same batch are listed as preserved (c) Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip for the captions and photos included in the first part of this post, to find out more about Showbus 2015 which takes place at Woburn on Sunday 20th September click here.