Sunday 20th September 2015 saw the annual Showbus return to the picturesque Bedfordshire location of Woburn Abbey for the first time since it was last held there in 1992, although the event as usual saw a superb display put on by the 250+ entrants both vintage and modern, those who attended the event or that have followed happenings online will know that the day didn't go smoothly with long delays entering and leaving the site due to traffic congestion and some entrants falling victim to soft ground and sinking into the grass due to a lack of hard standing present at the country estate, that said some excellent photo opportunities were on offer at the location and thankfully the day itself remained fine weather-wise.
Our regular correspondent David Bell has sent us a fantastic selection of photos he took on the day and they are contained in this three part feature, they consist of mainly East Anglia related entries with this part including vehicles from Arriva, Cozys, Deckerbus, Diamond Coaches, Landmark Hire, Myalls and Norfolk Coachways...
Arriva The Shires electric Wrightbus Streetlite 5007 KP63 TEU is pictured here, it is one of eight that entered last year as part of the pioneering wireless inductive charging project on route 7 between Wolverton, Milton Keynes and Bletchley (c) David Bell.
One of several vehicles present from the impressive Cozys fleet was Neoplan Skyliner KP04 GJX which was new to Stagecoach Oxford as part of their flagship Oxford Tube fleet (c) David Bell.
Next up from colourful local operator Deckerbus of Whittlesey we see convertible open top Northern Counties Palatine 2 bodied DAF DB250 M18 WAL, this bus was new to Wilts and Dorset (c) David Bell.
Here we see a recent addition for Diamond Coaches, Alexander RL bodied Volvo Olympian R562 DRP was new to United Counties in 1997, it remained with Stagecoach until 2013 when it joined the now defunct Emblings of Guyhirn fleet before passing to it's current owners earlier this year (c) David Bell.
Continuing the double deck theme we have well travelled former Kenyan Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon M685 TDB now operating with Landmark Hire, before being acquired by the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire based operator it was with Grant Palmer (c) David Bell.
The penultimate photo in this part shows this cracking looking classic coach, Myalls FJE 882D is a Duple Vega bodied Bedford VAM dating from 1966 (c) David Bell.
We finish with one of Norfolk Coachways fleet of operational Bedford YNTs, Plaxton Paramount bodied A400 NNK was until recently with now closed local operator Turner & Butcher (c) David Bell.
Look out for the final part of this feature which should be online in the next few days, in the meantime thanks to David for the photos included so far!