Nothing like catching them when they’re youngsters! A candidate for the driver apprenticeship scheme measures up the driving position for size on Kenzies immaculate 1965 Panorama.
Historical Vehicle Display
Visitors peruse the historical vehicles on display. The vehicles on the right, mostly from the forties and fifties with a line of Supremes dating from the 1970s and ‘80s to the right.
In an age when 80% of production is based on vehicles with rear mounted engines, it’s difficult to judge the magnitude of change which this vehicle, the very first chassis bodied by Plaxton in this configuration, represented. The Foden PVSCR chassis was a model 40+ years ahead of it’s time and this one dating from 1951 is a superb example, restored by Nick Helliker
The great granddaddy of them all! Making possibly it’s first visit to it’s birthplace since leaving in 1930, this Leyland Badger is the oldest known example of Plaxton coachwork. Prior to preservation by the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society in the early 1960s, the vehicle spent it’s entire working life transporting schoolchildren in Bradford.
Historic Vehicle Display
A crowd admires the high standards of presentation of the historic vehicles on display which were a credit to their owners. Panoramas and Embassys from the fifties and sixties face a line of Supremes and Paramounts from the eighties. Despite 25+ years separating the two periods, the Plaxton lineage is unmistakeable.
“Green Goddess” fire tender
A reminder of Plaxton coachwork other than buses and coaches was this “Green Goddess” fire tender, one of several hundred built by the company in the 1950s for the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS)