Organised in under six weeks by the Cardiff Transport Preservation Group,when last years organiser the Vale of Glamorgan Preservation Group dropped out, the Barry Rally proved sucessful with a reasonable turn out of buses and scorching weather, which sadly kept the crowds away, the nearby sea being a much greater attraction on such a hot afternoon ! Also with many other competing events and Swansea only one week away, one has to wonder what the future holds for this event in June 2007.
Your editor took a little longer to present this report than he would have liked, but a camera fault meant no photos from usual sources, and thanks to RVTPS member Simon Roberts who provided the photos at very short notice without and details resulted in two days investigation and research. If I have made any mistakes, then please let me know, remember one day this will be a historical record and captions must be correct. It was pleasing to "sea" , sorry see, Glyn Bowen returning to Barry, the place of past sucesses camera in hand.
This is a run down of the buses and coaches attending this years event and if anyone can add photos of buses we missed, or information on the individual entry then please post them through to our email address with your name for creditation.
As a footnote this is one opportunity to include vehicles that normally fall outside the remit of this website, be it age related or lack of connection with Wales, this is a rally report and must include all vehicles attending. All photos in this selection are supplied by and copyright of Simon Roberts unless otherwise stated.
We start at the end, well at the end of the day with this perfect shot for a Welsh Rally...North meets South in the form of former Crosville Bristol Lodekka FS6G EFM631C alongside former Red & White Bristol Lodekka LD6B. This posed shot ws supplied by and is copyright Carl Berry.
The Reliance Group gave strong support with two entries, the first being this regular attender at Welsh events, the former Red & White Bristol RESL6L new in 1967 as RS167 (LAX101E ).
This Bristol REL6H 47 seater long distance coach used on express work for Red & White as their RC968 ( OAX9F ) in the seventies was new in Febeuary 1968 and travelled down from Shropshire possibly retracing man a previous visit to Barry.
Give me an SB with the wonderful butterfly grill and I can guarantee to bore the pants off you ! This delightful Duple bodied 1958 example is owned by Jim Rees from Ponty and was new to Iveson Coaches of Esh in County Durham.
The Bedford SB replaced the well known classic OB and was launched in 1950, the last examples being produced at the close of Bedford production in 1987 !
Since aquisition it has been livered in the Peakes livery......great example, well done Jim !
Another of Jim`s buses is this fine example of South Wales independent Hill`s of Tredegar, a Leyland Leopard with one of Blackpool`s fine Burlingham built 45 seat bus body. Registered XWO911, it was new to hills in 1960.
Another regular at Welsh events is this former Merthyr Leyland Tiger Cub PSUC1/1 with Weymann 44 seat bodywork rallied on behalf of its owners Parfitt`s of Rhymney Bridge. Registered 964 DTJ , it was numbered 100 in the Merthyr fleet.
Formerly TCR960 in the Devon General fleet, this AEC Reliance was new in May 1962. It is now preserved in South Wales.
David Witt made his way over from Ammanford with former North Western Bristol RELH6L which was new to North Western. The bus was preserved by Steve Graham from Runcorn in Cheshire and was well travelled having been driven twice to the Czech Republic for bus rallies organised by your editor and twice to rallies in Germany.
FEL751D is a Bristol MW6G was a former Hants & Dorset 39 seat coach numbered 904 in that fleet.
Isllwyn 34 ( DNY534V) is preserved in Blackwood by RVTPS member Mark Barnett. It has a Marsall 4t5 seat bus body.
A former Crossley DD42 was new to Plymouth Corporation as 335 (DJY 965 ) in April 1948 previously preserved in Cormwall is now reported to be in the safe hands of Ian Barlow.
Locally owned and preserved is South Wales AEC Regent V no. 586 (154 FCY ) and has a Willowbrook 71 seater body.
Cardiff TPG members entered former Red & WhiteL358, their Bristiol Lodekka aquired in 2005.
Is that Mac Winfield leaning on former Western Welsh 1370 (FUH 370D ) preserved by the Cardiff Regent V Group ?
John Evans set up camp in a corner of the rally site behind Leyland Leopard ex. RVDC no. 8.
One of the famous Regent V`s of South Wales Transport preserved is 598 (431 HCY) which made its way down from Swansea.
Newports heritage Leyland PD2/40 arrives at the rally. It was 178 in the Newport fleet and has that attractive Longwell Green 58 seat body.
Homeward bound at the end of a beautiful day in Barry, how many coaches have made this same journey in the last 50 years. And what a beautiful sky.
Another posed photo from Carl Berry to round off the selection shows the Crosville Lodekka alongside the Hant & Dorset MW6G.
copyright Carl Berry