Cambus Bristol VR saved

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A 1981 Bristol VR still wearing full Cambus livery 21 years after leaving the operator has been secured for preservation.

VEX 298X had latterly been a used as a control tower for horse trials at a farm in Paulerspury, Northants. The bus was new to Eastern Counties at Cambridge and wore an overall advertising livery for National Holidays.

It later became part of the Cambus fleet when this company was created from part of Eastern Counties, remaining in service until 1999. The bus then passed via a dealer to Tim’s Travel of Skegness and later Chepstow classic buses, mysteriously keeping its Cambus identity down to the: ‘It’s much less fuss’ slogans.

VEX 298X when new in National Holidays advertising mode. EBE

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The VR was eventually swapped by the Chelveston Preservation Society and arrived at the Paulerspury farm in exchange for a Bristol Lodekka. It has now been bought by a consortium of Eastern Bus Enthusiasts (EBE) members including bus drivers Michael Brent, based in Northamptonshire, and Nathan Merryweather, who also works for Haven Holidays.

Said Nathan: “We had heard about this vehicle and discovering it was available decided to go for it. The bus will retain its Cambus identity.”

VEX 298X was transported by MR Judd Commercials for work at its Cambridgeshire premises and it is hoped to have the bus running and on the road in 2021 as part of the 30 strong EBE fleet owned by the group and its members.