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  WHOTT held its 18th rally on Sunday 15th August 2021, the 6th in Dorchester.

We are very grateful to Go South Coast subsidiary Damory for sponsoring the event, and to Dorset 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 will appear in the local press and enthusiast publications.

The weather was warm, but not enough for the beach, which contributed to a large number of visitors with most of the departures running full. An illustrated souvenir programme provided a guide to the event, as well as details of vehicles attending, and a few copies of the programme remain for those who would could not attend. Our bookstall was busy all day and especially popular were our recent new books, The Premises and Facilities of Western National and Southern National Parts One and Two written by our chairman Robert Crawley, and Where Did They Run? by member Geoff Hobbs. Details of how to order these are given on our shop page.

The Trustees are extremely grateful to the Mayor & Mayoress for their time and interest, and 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 2022

Press Release: Mayor Launches revived Dorchester Bus Rally

Robert Crawley



The following vehicles were booked to attend the 2021 running day


No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
A1 STK131T Leyland Atlantean Roe Plymouth Citybus
A2 654DYE AEC Routemaster RM Park Royal London Transport
A3 MXX398 AEC Regal IV  RF Metro Cammell London Transport
A4 OLD564 AEC Regent   RT Weymann London Transport
A5 V735FAE Dennis Dart Alexander First Somerset & Avon
A6 E208GCG Volvo B10M Alexander Yellow Buses, Bournemouth
A7 EAS956 Leyland PS1 Crossley Potteries independent
A8 LYF104 Leyland 7RTL Park Royal London Transport
A9 8159EL Leyland PD3 MCW Bournemouth Corp
A10 6167RU Leyland PD3 MCW Bournemouth Corp
A11 H262MFX Dennis Dominator East Lancs Bournemouth Corp
A12 VDV137S Bristol VR Eastern Coach Works Devon General
A13 H178GTT Volvo B10M East Lancs Plymouth Citybus
A14 1013MW Leyland Atlantean MCW Silver Star
  MSJ 499 Leyland Atlantean Metro Cammell  Devon General (ex 925 GTA
  FFX 458  Bedford MLZ Lee Dorset County Council
  UWV 614S Bristol VRT  ECW Southdown
  GLJ 681N Leyland National Integral Hants & Dorset
  A952 SAE Leyland Olympian Roe Bristol


No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
B1 JDY888Y Bedford VAS.5 Plaxton Rambler coaches
B2 CLJ413Y Bristol LHS Plaxton Bere Regis
B3 EFJ92 Bedford WTB Heaver Taylor's Coaches, Exeter
B4 AFJ727T Bristol LHS Plaxton Southern National
B5 OTT98 Bristol LS Eastern Coach Works Royal Blue
B6 JDV754 Bedford OB Duple Lewis Coaches
  RPR 738K Bedford VAL Plaxton  Rendell, Parkstone


No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
C1 RRU49R Bedford TK Fire Engine Poole Fire Service
C2 KGV659F Morris Van privately owned
C3 FOW486 Austin K4 Brewers Dray Eldridge Pope
  BMC 792 Beardmore Paramount IV Integral London taxi

Classic Cars

No Reg No Make Bodywork Original Owner/Operator
D1 42 LOF Jensen  Interceptor GS Integral privately owned
  BRU 22 Mobility Scooter   Bournemouth trolleybus replica
  KEL 122 Mobility Scooter   Bournemouth PD2 replica


S1 Westcountry Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust
(C) J Roberts

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