Inaugural success for new Wyvern Bus Preservation Group rally

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Wyvern Bus Preservation hosted its first Worcester Bus Rally on Sunday 12 September. Richard Sharman was in attendance to see how it went.

2021 has seen a resurgence in bus rallies around the country as enthusiasts and operators are able to get about again.

Matthew Breese, Chairman of the Wyvern Bus Preservation Group which organised the recent Worcester Bus Rally told CBW: “We set the group up seven years ago in order to preserve buses that formerly operated in the Midland Red West (MRW) operating area, be they new to MRW or other operators that served the Wyvern area. We currently have five vehicles in our fleet, a Volvo B6, two Dennis Dart SLFs, an Optare Solo and a Mercedes-Benz Vario. The previous yearly rally that we were involved with had decided that they didn’t want to hold the event any more, so between the five of our members, we decided to create a new rally for Worcestershire so that the bus preservation community can to continue to meet up in this central location. Based on the number of vehicles that attended the inaugural event, we will be holding this event again next year in the same place, but possibly during the six week school summer holidays, so we can offer families another option for a day out.”

Five connecting bus services to the rally were provided from Bewdley, Stourport, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove, West Bromwich and a frequent shuttle service to/from Worcester.

Visitors ranged from enthusiasts to familes enjoying a day out. Hot food was available and some enthusiast stands, including Simmons Truck and Bus, which had a large range of models for sale.

Overall, this was a well organised event that could easily grow with the amount of parking available at Worcester Sixways Stadium. It also has the added bonus of being just of the M5 at junction 6.

The furthest travelled entry was from Wales in the form of preserved former Cardiff Bus Mini Pointer Dart 218.












A recent addition to the local fleet of Wyvern Omnibus is Guernseybus rebodied-Leyland Tiger PS1 839 XUJ. It was new to Jersey Motor Transport J5660 and in recent years has operated for Mac Tours, EnsignBus and Belfast City Sightseeing. RICHARD SHARMAN













Malcolm Holmes’ recently-preserved Alexander P-bodied Volvo B10M looks as good as new in its original Badgerline livery. It was seen loading to provide a local tour of the area. RICHARD SHARMAN













Grindles, Cinderford’s immaculately presented Setra S250 N119 FHK was one of the first vehicles to arrive. RICHARD SHARMAN












Diamond Bus 30832 operated the 108 service to the rally from West Bromwich. RICHARD SHARMAN














Perhaps the first UK BMC Falcon to enter preservation is YK54 GZF, which is now owned by the Stratford-upon-Avon Transport Museum. RICHARD SHARMAN