CVG connection

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Former Coventry Transport Daimler CVG 239 (VWK239) has been advertised for sale on Facebook by well known preservationist Roger Burdett, following a restoration after its time with DeCourcey of Coventry.

Seeing it come up for grabs reminded Steven Knight, Managing Director of transport specialist firm Steven Knight Media, of his personal experiences with the vehicle.

The bus following its repaint in 1976. STEVEN KNIGHT MEDIA

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“I have a ‘past’ connection with 239 as it was during my time with the West Midlands PTE in Coventry that the bus was ‘adopted’ as a staff ‘showbus’,” he told CBW. “Whilst working in the Schedules Office in 1976 I asked if I could enter a bus into the Rykneld Run. 239 was in the paint shop at Harnall Lane following recertification and was re-painted in the later Marshall red and cream Coventry livery rather than the expected PTE blue and cream. Its paintwork was finished to a very high standard.

“239 also took part in Showbus in 1977 and 1978 at Hillingdon in addition to attending local events. It was also loaned during school summer holidays to assist with a vehicle shortage at the former Midland Red Hartshill garage.

“Following withdrawal from service it was stored at the PTE’s Moseley Road garage and was purchased by a group of PTE staff (of which I was one). Restoration was never completed and the bus passed to DeCourcey of Coventry in whose ownership it was restored and used for special events and private hire duties. It took part in a reunion event for former Coventry Transport and WMPTE staff in 2010 which I organised.

“The bus has now been fully restored after many years out of use and has had a repaint in the version of the Coventry Transport livery carried when new. In his post, Roger says an MOT had been booked but of course was cancelled when test stations were closed.

“I am attaching a photo taken in 1976 when the bus was freshly repainted and pictured at Burton on Trent (the Burton Green destination being the closest a colleague of the time could find on the blinds), before taking part in the Rykneld Run to Derby.”