Sunday, 5 May 2013

Ipswich to Felixstowe Run

Some 500 classic cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and military vehicles took part in the 43rd annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run earlier today

The first bus to arrive in the the resort was former Ipswich Borough Transport Leyland Atlantean MRT6P complete with Roe bodywork New in 1976 she was acquired by Ipswich Transport Museum in 1994

Another Ipswich arrival was CDX516, an AEC Regent III with a Park Royal
body. No 16 was new to Ipswich Corporation in April 1954 and was withdrawn in 1973.

London Transport was well represented with two Routemasters and an RF in attendance. RML2463 JJD463D appeared in London red whilst RML2419 JJD419D was in London Country Green. RF113 LYF464 is an AEC Regal IV with Metro Cammel bodywork and was built in 1954

Ex Lowestoft and latterly Waveney
District Council Massey bodied Leyland PD2 PBJ2F also attended 

Former Eastern National Omnibus Company VNO859, a Bristol KSW5G / Eastern Coach Works decker was another interesting visitor

Essex independent Lodges of High Easter, Chelmsford sent two Duple bodied Bedfords from their preserved fleet. MJB481 was a 1956 SBG whilst an open sided OB (LTA752) from 1950 was the star of the show as far as I was concerned.

Another Bedford OB, LUR446, was exhibited by Kirbys of Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire - new in September 1950

Dons Coaches of Dunmow sent NKY 161 a Bedford SBG/Yeates Europa.

A Bedford YMT RGV690W was also observed. She was new to Suffolk County Council and has been preserved in a cream livery with "Prince of the Road" fleetnames.
Other regulars on the local rally circuit were in attendance - Westcliff on Sea Bristol K5G AJN825; Eastern National Bristol RELH VHK177L and former Eastern Counties Leyland National WAH587S still in Carters colours.

A total of fifteen buses and coaches completed the run between the two Suffolk towns

With the event taking place in glorious sunshine, one of the organisers of the event 'hailed it as a great success'

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