By Ann Evans
Isn’t it always the way, you wait ages for a bus and then a hundred all come along together! Yes 100 buses! And they’ll all be converging on the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon on Sunday 23rd August.
These wonderful classic and modern buses and coaches are taking part in the nostalgic Buses Festival, organised by Key Publishing, publisher of Buses Magazine and sponsored by TTC Diecast.
Tom Caren, Show Manager for the Heritage Motor Centre said, “Last year we had 85 vintage buses and this year we have over 100 attending. Some are privately owned, others are owned by co-operatives, that is a group of people who band together to keep the buses running and attending shows such as this. Plus we have a number of bus museums taking part. It promises to be a fascinating show with vehicles dating from pre World War II right through to the 1970s and 80s.”
Throughout the event visitors will also be able to take some nostalgic bus rides, as three separate routes are being set up, all of which are included in the admission price.
Tom explained, “We will have, at any one time, three bus routes operating, with a pool of between 18 and 20 buses running throughout the day. One route is just about a mile, running around the perimeter of the museum. Another route takes visitor for a five mile excursion around the locality. And the third bus ride will cover about 15-20 miles reaching places such as Compton Verney. Visitors can can get on and off whenever they like.
“We usually have a variety of people dressed in period costume too!” added Tom. “So if you’ve got a bus conductor’s uniform you’re welcome to come along wearing it.”
In addition to the outdoor display of wonderful old buses and coaches, upstairs in the museum, covering two galleries will be an indoor trade and model show, with enthusiasts not just displaying and selling models of buses, but lots of things associated with bus travel from years gone by including collectables, photographs and more.
Tom concluded, “The Buses Festival is a great day out for all, from enthusiasts to families. The festival is fast becoming one of the best classic and modern bus and coach events of the year. So if you like buses, this is where you want to be!”
Advance tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for children (aged 5 – 15 years) or £12 for adults and £8 for children on the day.
The HMC has first class catering facilities, toilets, including disabled facilities and a gift shop. It is situated in Gaydon, Warwickshire just off junction 12 of the M40.
For more information and links please visit the website at www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk.