Showbus 50: In pictures

Blue skies greeted over 250 vehicles as they arrived for the 50th anniversary and final Showbus gathering at the Hertfordshire Showground in Radlett.

Starting life at Brunel University in 1973, organiser Dr. Martin Isles has overcome plague, tempest and bureaucracy to stage what has regularly been the UK’s largest gathering of preserved and current buses and coaches. After 50 years at showgrounds around the Home Counties and Midlands, the display aspects bow out, but the Showbus flyby, born out of the Covid pandemic, will continue along the A40; the 2023 event is on 17 September.

The 2022 edition celebrated the 70-year reign of Her Majesty, the late Queen Elizabeth II, with a vehicle selected from each year of her monarchy. Many of the more recent of these carried commemorative liveries, often adjusted to reflect her recent passing. 50 years of National Express and the Leyland National were also celebrated with displays. With vehicle polishing taking place well into the afternoon, there was keen competition among entrants for the many awards, among them, the best modern vehicles chosen being Dews Coaches’ Volvo B8R/MCV EvoRa (bus) and Blakes Coaches Irizar i6s (coach). In the doyen category, Delaine Buses’ Volvo Olympian took the top double-deck slot, the chosen single-deck being Bernard Rogers’ former Whittles Coaches’ Leyland Tiger Cub.

  • Click the picture above to view our full gallery from Showbus, with all images taken by B&CB’s David Cole

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