Inaugural Wythall Busfest event a success

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Many enthusiasts and operators were left disappointed when an event previously held at the British Motor Museum changed location. However, Transport Museum Wythall seized the opportunity and created Wythall Busfest at Gaydon. Richard Sharman was in attendance to see how the day went

Preserved bus owners and enthusiasts are a hardy bunch. Despite heavy, blustery rain on the day of the inaugural Wythall Busfest at Gaydon on Saturday 2 July, over 750 people made their way to the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire for what would be a wet, but very good event. Of significance was the event was held on a Saturday, not traditionally a rally day, but it seemed to work well as better transport links were available, and it may be better for some people to enjoy a Saturday out and rest on a Sunday before returning to work.

The price to gain entry to the event was £16.00 on the gate, but if you booked in advance it was reduced to £14.50 per adult. Whilst this might sound a little steep, in reality you not only have the attraction of the rally itself, but also entry to both of the undercover car museums on site, which were well used when the heavens really opened.

Within the main building, upstairs and next to the restaurant were 25 enthusiast stalls and a meeting room in which were held Q&A sessions with Peter Robinson, author of the new book ‘National Express: Journey of an iconic brand’ and with members of the original Leyland National engineering team, chaired by motoring journalist Mike Humble.

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