One of the highlights in the September calendar of the UK bus enthusiast is the Showbus rally. Now in its 48th year, its appearance in 2020 looked in doubt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However the organisers came up with a novel idea to stage the event as a ‘flyby’! So on Sunday 27th September the buses and coaches would be on the road albeit following government guidelines! It meant that they would run empty along the A40 road, with some vehicles starting at one end in Wheatley, just outside of Oxford and at the other end from the Beaconsfield M40 Services. They would all pass through High Wycombe where a ‘traders market’ was set up in the town’s Market Square and in the High Street. The independent transport videos cameras went along to record the event filming the vehicles as they passed through High Wycombe and Beaconsfield. As usual we were there at beginning of the day to see the first vehicles from Beaconsfield passing through the High Street in High Wycombe.
Further filming took place on Oxford Road, Church Street, Oxford Street and at the town’s busy bus station. During our filming we purposely filmed the contemporary buses running in service in the town. The two major operators are Arriva (The Shires) and Go Ahead’s Carousel Buses Ltd. that is part of the Oxford Bus Company. Both companies operate Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses and a number are seen on this programme. Some of the Carousel buses are also filmed in the pretty town of Old Beaconsfield as we head to the M40 Services at Beaconsfield to complete our filming of this excellent and novel event. Here we are in the company of three generations of London buses. A BYD Enviro400 City electric double-decker, Metroline’s BDE2647 (LJ19 CVX), a ‘New Routemaster’ represented by Metroline LT762 (LTZ 1762) and two classic AEC Routemasters, RM613 (WLT 613) and the superb former ‘Kingston Show Bus’ RM254 (VLT 254) immaculately turned out. A fitting end to the day. We conclude this programme with footage from Showbus events from years gone by. First is 2002 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, where we see the parade of buses celebrating HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. In 2003 we look at a new Volvo Super Olympian with Wright Gemini bodywork about to head to Hong Kong and returning from Hong Kong a former New World First Dennis Condor with Duple Metsec bodywork. In 2005 we see a former Bristol Omnibus Bristol Lodekka in action. We conclude our look back with film from 2008 where we recorded the Bristol Commercial Vehicles centenary parade, again at Duxford. Enjoy!
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 66 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - October 2020