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CBPS news update for February 2013

Printer-friendly versionPDF version Well the first month of 2013 has gone already and it is a bit drier but still cold. After our 'working' Saturday in January, we fired up Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1147Bristol VR AFJ 749T 1147/38749(AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147) and moved her out of the barn to have a clean up. She is sounding good so we would like to have her out and in use for our Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information in April if we can finish off the Autumn Gold seats and sort out a problem with the door mechanism. Talking of which, Lee and Derek have managed to sort the doors on sister vehicle 1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978(VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) so we can push on now for an MOTMinistry of Transport test on her now. Our Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 716Bristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG(MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG) has been a problem but again Lee and Derek have had some luck with sorting the clutch and master cylinder which leaves various leaks and other things to be sorted. The OlympianLeyland Olympian was a 2-axle and 3-axle double-decker bus chassis manufactured by British Leyland/Leyland Bus in the United Kingdom from 1980 to 1993. It was the last Leyland bus model in production and the Dart are both going to require MOT's before our Running Day but the VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz is ready apart from a suspension issue. We have not had time to get a letter out to all 'friends' but we will try and get a Newsletter out shortly. We would really appreciate it if all 'friends' could now renew their membership with the CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group for 2013 as it does run from January to December. I've had to start with £25 per 'friend' but we are really in need of additional sponsorship so would you like to help with the cost of vehicle storage, some road tax or something towards an MOT. An MOT is over £200 as is one years road tax! Some 'friends' pay us £1.50 a week by standing order (which they don't notice!) which comes £78 a year. Now that extra makes all the difference. PayPal is also there if you would rather use it. Please contact me direct to discuss. The only vehicle that is exempt from road tax is the LH. That's all for now so I look forward to hearing from all 'friends' soon. N.B. If you are re-newing with us, there is no need to down load another form as I already have your details. Thank you.