Showbus, the UK’s biggest bus and coach rally, is being held at a new venue at Long Marston Airfield, just south of Stratford-upon-Avon, on 22 September. The event has attracted entries from across the UK and abroad, including the show debut of Darren Cunningham’s Greyhound Scenicruiser, the iconic American Greyhound coach of the fifties. There will also be a British Greyhound coach from First Bus in Swansea displayed, as well as another American vehicle, a 1942 Gillig in the colours of Lady Liberty Tours. The latter has been converted into a motor home, though great care has been taken to save all the original fittings which could be restored if necessary. To mark 90 years since Midland Red started building its own buses, initially branded SOS, two surviving models from local museums at Wythall and Aston Manor will form part of displays each will be mounting. Go to http://www.showbus.com for further information.
A new set of operators are now eligible for the Showbus ‘Best Local Operator’ award. The event is to move to Stratford-upon-Avon for the 2013 edition, meaning companies in Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, the West Midlands Metropolitan area and Rutland can now enter for this particular award. Those wishing to take part in the award can enter at showbus.com or request an entry form by email or post.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the BMMO SOS type bus, two examples will pose together at Showbus, each forming part of their Museum’s display. The Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, owner of a Trent SOS, and BaMMoT at Wythall, owner of a Midland Red SOS, are both putting on displays from their museums. They will be joined by a display from the Oxford Bus Museum. This year’s event is on 22 September and takes place at Long Marston Airfield, Campden Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8LL. If you are operating an excursion to Showbus or Stratford that day, the organisers would like to know so they can publicise it on their website.