16/07/2015

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, Woburn 1982 (2) (c) Philip Slynn
Our first picture for this set is a ABH 760H, a Bedford YMQ with Wright bus bodywork. It was new in 1982 to Maidstone Corporation, but there are indications that it was first registered to a dealership beforehand. It was only a few months old when it attended this rally (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus, Woburn 1982 (2) (c) Philip Slynn
Next is Daimler COG5 GNU 750 new in 1939 to Blue Bus Services/Tailby and George of Willington. Later in life it was with Quantock Heritage, but is now believed to have been exported (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus, Woburn 1982 (2) (c) Philip Slynn
Juniper Hill School also entered another Bristol. MTJ 925G is a RESL6L with an East Lancs bus body new to Accrington Corporation in 1968 (c) Philip Slynn.`

Showbus, Woburn 1982 (2) (c) Philip Slynn
Here we have a 1962 Leyland Atlantean with coach bodywork by Weymann. RRN 428 was originally one of the Ribble ‘White Ladies’ purchased by Ribble for use on express services. It is seen here whilst in the fleet of Gagg, of Bunny, Notts. It was owned by them from 1978 to 1994 and is now preserved by the Ribble Vehicle Preservation trust (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus, Woburn 1982 (2) (c) Philip Slynn
Another Leyland is this Leyland Tiger in the fleet of Simmonds of Letchworth. DNK 590Y has a Plaxton Supreme V body and was only a month old when photographed. It is now believed to be preserved, but is not listed in the latest PSV Circle publication as such (c) Philip Slynn.

Showbus, Woburn 1982 (2) (c) Philip Slynn
Our final picture is ex London Transport DMS MLK 437L. It was new in 1972 as DMS437, and it is seen here acting as rally control whilst in the fleet of Red Rover of Aylesbury. They owned it from 1979 until the mid 1980s. Stevensons of Uttoxeter owned it for a while, and it was sold for scrap in 1986 (c) Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip for the captions and photos used in this two part guest post, look out for more from Philip - coming soon!