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  WHOTT held its 15th rally on Sunday 13th August 2017, the 3rd in Dorchester.

WHOTT is very grateful to Go Southcoast subsidiary Damory for sponsoring the event and displaying some of its own vehicles, and to West Dorset District Council for allowing us space in the Top o' Town car park for the static vehicles and layover of buses between services, and for enabling us to run a stall by special licence. The public car park was still operational for other visiting coaches and the general public, and benefitted from an on-site cafe and toilets open all day. Illustrated reports have appeared in the local press and enthusiast publications.

A fully illustrated souvenir programme provided a guide to each route, as well as timetables and details of vehicles attending, and a few copies of the programme remain for those who would could not attend. Finally, the event launched our new book, The Premises and Facilities of Western National and Southern National – Part Two M-Y written by our chairman Robert Crawley. Details of how to order all this are given on our shop page.

The Trustees are extremely grateful for the time and effort freely given by volunteers to make the rally a success. Many thanks to everyone who made the day run smoothly and we hope that you will be able to support us again in 2018.

Robert Crawley, Chairman.

  The following vehicles were booked to attend 2017 running day


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
A1 TDV 217J Leyland Panther PSUR1B/1R Exeter City Transport 217 WHOTT
A2 VDV 137S Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB Devon General 937 WHOTT
A3 A927 MDV Ford Transit D160 Devon General 7 WHOTT
A4 L929 CTT Iveco F59-12 Devon General 1000 WHOTT
A5 MSJ 499 Leyland Atlantean Devon General Jonathan Hawkins
A6 H262 MFX Dennis Dominator Bournemouth Jonathan Hawkins
A7 ORU 230G Leyland Atlantean Bournemouth Jonathan Hawkins
A8 YDL 315 Bristol FS6G Southern Vectis Nigel Harris on behalf of Derek Priddle
A9 BFX 570T Bristol VRT Hants & Dorset 3402 John Cumming
A10 JFJ 873 Daimler CVD6 Exeter 73 Steve Morris/Peter Snowden
A11 LR02 LZB ADL Trident First  Wessex 33182 Ricki Frost
A12 TDL 563K Bristol RELL Southern Vectis 863 Isle of Wight Bus Museum
A13 KRU 224F Bristol FLF6B Hants & Dorset 1557 Dekkabus
A14 F5 ELF Leyland Olympian China Light & Power Dekkabus
A15 THU 354G Bristol RESL6L Bristol Omnibus 508 Mike Walker
A16 DAE 511K Bristol RELL6L Bristol Omnibus 1257 Denis Strange
A17 LFJ 844W Bristol VRT Western National 1200 Luke Farley
A18 GEL 686V Bristol VRT Damory 5070 Jamie Burrows (for 5070 Group)
A19 LYF 104 Leyland RTL London Transport Peter Cousens
A20 ATA 559L Bristol VR Devon General 559 Graham Thorogood
A21 G727 XDL Leyland Olympian Damory 4727 Jamie Burrows
A22 L129 ELJ Optare Spectra Wilts & Dorset 3129 George Cooper
- LTA772 Bristol LWL5G Southern National 1613 Colin Billington (for WHOTT)
- KLJ 749 Bristol L6G Hants & Dorset 779 Paul Tovey
- BFX 666T Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB Hants & Dorset 3413 Go South Coast
- HF09 FVT Scania N230UD Go South Coast 1412 Go South Coast


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
B1 EFJ 92 Bedford WTB Taylor's of Exeter WHOTT
B2 OTT 98 Bristol LS6G Royal Blue 1299 John Grigg (for WHOTT)
B3 AFJ 727T Bristol LH6L Western National 3307 WHOTT
B4 CLJ 413Y Bristol LHS6L Bere Regis & District Stuart Shelton
B5 CFK 340 AEC Regal III Burnham of Worcester Roger Burdett
B7 KPW 986 Bedford OB Eagle Coaches, Castle Arce Mark Withers
B8 WUG 127S Leyland Leopard Wallace Arnold Lincoln Waldie
B9 WDK 562T AEC Reliance Yelloways Stuart Andrews
- JDV 754 Bedford OB Mortehoe & Woolacombe Coaches Mark Withers
- JVY 516 AEC Regal III 6821A York Pullman Roger Burdett
- INZ 6891 Volvo B10M-62 Park, Hamilton Ingles Coaches
- WA06 LZE Mercedes Vario O815D Cresta Cars, Bridgend Henley's Tours


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
C1 FOW 486 Austin K4 Eldridge Pope & Co Len Watts
C2 KGV 659F Morris 1/2 Ton Van Rodgers Toy Shop John Dancy
- BMC 792 Beardmore Paramount IV London taxi  

Classic Cars

No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
- DVX 402  MG Midget TA Tourer    
- KEL 122 Bournemouth PD2 replica - Mobility Scooter   Keith Burbridge


Photos - John Roberts

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