|DMS868, E200MMC AE23 and E400MMC E76|
|Plaxton Verde Volvo B10B N601 FJO in original Oxford Bus Company livery|
|Southdown Bristol VR AAP 651T in 729 livery|
|Chalkwell's ex London VDL LJ04 LFB|
|Another ex Southdown vehicle, Leyland National RUF 37R|
|Another National attending was ex Trent KCG 627L|
My first ride was on the only short Boorismaster built, ST812. Not only that it was driven by Matt, a regular correspondent on this blog. It was great to finally meet you, Matt, thanks for bringing 812 and hope to see you again soon. As for 812? Well you should all know by now I love Borismasters, and although this shorter version has too few seats downstairs for my liking you couldn't fault the ride. Never did I think I'd see a Boris in Medway. That was fun! Btw look at the bottom pic - when you have 3 doors which one do you have kerb side!! Medway hadn't planned for that!
|ST812 at Chatham Riverside|
|A kerb not designed for a 3 door bus!|
|The BEA AEC Regal IV|
|Now THAT is seat padding!|
|looking back up the Regal|
|Autocar Scania N113 OSJ 1X|
Lunch beckoned, and Nu Venture had supplied an appropriate catering supplier.
|The Omnibus Kitchen|
Who is Kelvin I hear you ask! Well Kelvin Pinnock is the owner of a special bus. Arguably, from a personal point of view the most important bus in the country. When I was going to school, waiting at a chilly bus stop with Foden tippers hammering by, if 5385 came round the corner I knew it was going to be a good day. Volvo Ailsas were different. Very different, more a truck with seats than a bus. Front engined, driver got in from the offside, unique layout upstairs, a glorious soundtrack and power. Lots and lots of power. 5385 survives, and thanks to Kelvin it feels exactly as it used to all those years ago.
|Maidstone & District Volvo Ailsa 5385 LKP 385P arriving at the site|
|Only the front will do|
|The only place to be|
Not wanting to lose my seat for the return journey I declined the photo opportunity at Peter's Village, so I'm grateful to Kelvin for letting me use his.
|At Peter's Village terminus pic (c) Kelvin Pinnock|
|I'm not getting off that seat!! pic (c) Man of Kent|
|The immaculate East Kent Fleetline|
And that was that. A superb day, superbly organised, and superbly attended. Thanks in no small part to Chris Jenkinson and everyone else at Nu Venture for making this right up there with the best days I had in 2017. Looking forward already to next year, although sadly due to a primary school about to be built on the coach park the event will be changing locations. Thanks to Matt, Matthew, especially Kelvin, and everyone else I met there. Thanks to all those bus owners who brought their pride and joys to the event. Oh - it was all free, no charge, no entrance fee, no you must do this before seeing the buses with the programme costing Matthew only 3 quid! Top marks.
I'll leave you with a few other vehicles that turned up (no, Ensignbus I didn't forget you), finishing with the 2 best together! Happy New Year everyone.