Kemble 2008

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The 4th annual get-together for Bedford buses and coaches was held on Sunday, 3rd August 2008 at the Kemble Rally nr Cirencester, where we broke all records with 20 Bedfords all in one place at one time - and what a showstopper it was! There were 18 Bedford OBs, 1 WTB and 1 MLC

The event was part of the three day Gloucestershire Steam and Vintage Extravaganza held over the weekend of 2nd – 4th August with Sunday 3rd August being the main event day for the Bedford buses and coaches.

The weather was unusually kind to us with the rain holding off until the end of the day.

Coaches started to arrive from the Wednesday of the previous week but as Sunday dawned a steady trickle of vehicles started to appear. Tim Wootton and his team of helpers manoeuvered the vehicles into an organised line-up in order to create a vintage spectacle for enthusiasts, photographers and nostalgic visitors alike.

At 11am there was an official photo shoot and at 12 noon the vehicles made their way into the arena to the delight of all the spectators and by this time there were 20 Bedfords in the fantastic line-up.

The following were in attendence at the event:

  AJT 176 - Bedford WTB, 1938 (UK) EAJ 679 - Bedford OB, 1948 (UK) ETL 221 - Bedford OB, 1950 (UK) FFX 458 - Bedford MLC, 1952 (UK) GWV 101 - Bedford OB, 1951 (UK)  
AJT 176
Bedford WTB
EAJ 679
Bedford OB
ETL 221
Bedford OB
FFX 458
Bedford MLC
GWV 101
Bedford OB
  HOT 339 - Bedford OB, 1950 (UK) JAB 867 - Bedford OB Duple Vista, 1950 (UK) KEL 94 - Bedford OB, 1950 (UK) KEL 679 - Bedford OB, 1950  (UK) KGN 433 - Bedford OB Met. Police Bus, 1949 (UK)  
HOT 339
Bedford OB Duple
JAB 867
OB Duple Vista
KEL 94
Bedford OB
KEL 679
Bedford OB
KGN 433
Bedford OB
  KPW 986 - Bedford OB Duple Vista, 1950 (UK) LDF 833 - Bedford OB Duple, 1952 (UK) LDV 483 - Bedford OB, 1950 (UK) LKH 429 - Bedford OB, 1950 (UK) LTA 750 - Bedford OB, 1949 (UK)
KPW 986
OB Duple Vista
LDF 833
Bedford OB Duple
LDV 483
Bedford OB
LKH 429
Bedford OB
LTA 750
Bedford OB
  LTA 752 - Bedford OB, 1950 (UK) LTA 904 - Bedford OB, 1949 (UK) LYC 731 - Bedford OB Duple, 1950 (UK) MHU 193 - Mulliner, 1949 (UK) MSJ 606 - Bedford OB, 1949 (UK)  
LTA 752
Bedford OB
LTA 904
Bedford OB
LYC 731
Bedford OB Duple
MHU 193
MSJ 606
Bedford OB
To find out more about each of the buses, click on the thumbnail to visit the profile page for more details and additional pictures.

This year's winners, as judged by all the Bedford owners, were:


1st Prize

KPW 986 - 1950 OB

Owned by Mark Withers (Somerset)

Supplied new to Eagles Coaches of Norfolk. This bus was operated by them until 1978 before being laid up for ten years then sold for restoration. It was put back on the road in 2004 and purchased by Lewis Coaches in 2005


The Eddie Trigg shield being presented by last year's winner, Ernest Keeling


2nd Prize

ETL 221 - 1950 Plaxton

Owned by Ken Edwards (Mid Wales)

This is a Plaxton Body Coach and believed to be one of only two left in existence. It was purchased in 1987 in a scrap condition by Ken Edwrds and travelled all the way from North Wales to be at the show


3rd Prize

KGN 433 - 1949 OB

Owned by Billy Brayford & Judith Poole (Blackpool)

One of only 25 to be owned by the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard and now the only one remaining in preservation. It was used as a prisoner and police transport bus until the 1960s.


Last Prize

JWU 307

A non-starter but at least the owner, Martin Hawkins turned up with the number plate (Bedfordshire)


As the organiser, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Bedford bus and coach owners who made this memorable occasion possible! It was great to spend time together, in the sunshine, at Kemble. I look forward to seeing you all again next we attempt to beat this year's record!