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  WHOTT RALLY 2012  
  The following vehicles were booked to attend the 2012 rally at Westpoint.  

WHOTT held its tenth rally at the Devon County showground, Westpoint, near Exeter on Sunday 16th September 2012.

Compared to the previous year, and bucking the weather trends of 2012, the skies above Exeter held the rain clouds aloft long enough to keep the event totally dry!

A further advantage on previous years’ events was the opportunity to use the wide expanse of parking area below the Orange Gate that is normally reserved for Exeter University’s open day Park & Ride facility.  Their date had changed this year so our visitors could instead park their cars where our exhibits used to be and all the vehicle entrants, stall holders, refreshments and loos could be contained within one area.  The sheltered facilities of the permanent entrance booth made for an obvious way in.

We are pleased to say all this worked well and visitor numbers exceeded expectations with all programmes sold out.  Building on the success of this will be next year’s event when we hope to host an increasing number of entrants.  Full details of this will be announced as soon as possible. 

This year’s event coincided with the launch of WHOTT’s new publication on AEC vehicles in the Westcountry.  Compiled by Philip Platt and John Sykes, it attracted a lot of interest and inspired many extra AEC vehicles to attend.  This also encouraged more vehicles from the lorry fraternity who were a welcoming balance to the buses and coaches that tend to dominate the event.  Copies of the book can be obtained direct from our SHOP page by downloading an order form.  This also enables you to purchase copies of other titles and photographs, full details of which can be seen on that 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 on Sunday 8th September 2013.

The following vehicles were booked to attend the 2012 rally.


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
A1 8159EL Leyland Titan PD3/1 Bournemouth Corporation Jonathan Hawkins
A2 MSJ499 Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 Devon General 925GTA. Jonathan Hawkins
A3 H262MFX Dennis Dominator DDA1033 Bournemouth Transport 262 Jonathan Hawkins
A4 OHY938 Bristol KSW6B  Bristol Tramways L8089 Peter Davey [BOVC]
A5 LYF104 Leyland Titan 7RT London Transport RTL1163 Peter Cousens
A6 LFJ844W Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB Western National 1200 WNPG
A7 B176VDV Volvo B10M-56 Plymouth City Transport 176 Plymouth City TPG
A8 KOD585 AEC Regent III Devon General DR585 Ron Greet




Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 Western Greyhound 401 or 402 Western Greyhound
A10  CTT518C AEC Regent V Devon General 518 Terry Bennett


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
B1 RRU903 Leyland Tiger Cub PSUC1/1 Bournemouth Corporation 266 Jonathan Hawkins
B2 HFG923V  Leyland National 2 Southdown 123 D.C.G.Vine
B3 811 BWR Bristol SUL4A West Yorkshire SMA5 Trevor Leach
B4 M245UTM Mercedes-Benz 709D Devon General 1053 John Lacey
B5 S412GUB Mercedes-Benz Vario 0814 First Devon & Cornwall 50306 (new as Yorkshire Rider 2412) Paul Derrick(WNPG)
B6 M52HOD Volvo B6-50 Citybus as 52 Plymouth City TPG
B7 P701BTA Volvo B6LE Bayline 701 James Pratt
B8 A927MDV Ford Transit 190D Devon General 7 WHOTT


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
C1 JDV754 Bedford OB Woolacombe & Morthoe Motor Co. Mark Withers
C2 100VRL AEC Reliance Hawkey's Tours of Newquay Roger Thomas
C3 FFX458 Bedford MLC Dorset County Council Norman Aish
C4 OTG44R AEC Reliance 505 Crookes,Cardiff Philip Platt
C5 AFJ727T Bristol LH6L Western National 3307 WHOTT
C6 OTT98 Bristol LS6G Southern National (Royal Blue) 1299 John Grigg (for WHOTT)
C7 PNM682W Bedford YMQ Ashridge Management College Nigel Dennis


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
D1 YNR780 AEC Mercury flat bed Bees Transport (Hinckley) Ltd Bob Smith
D2 TLO484 AEC Mercury flat bed Road Research Laboratory, Crowthorne Brian Cunningham
D3 467HOD AEC Mercury tractor unit Taw & Torridge David Colgrave
D4 752VAE AEC Mercury ballast tractor   Nigel Blatch
D5  BUO969B Land Rover utility John Leonard garage in Barnstaple Steve & Chris Blood
D6 LRL318 AEC Matador tractor unit and lowloader   John Manley
D7 PYD772L AEC Mandator tractor unit Somerset River Authority Andrew Leonard
D8 RHA143M AEC Mercury tractor unit BSR Ltd, Cradley Heath Andrew Leonard
D9 VOD223J AEC Mercury recovery vehicle   Philip Platt
D10 VAM116D AEC Mandator Mk 5 tanker MoD (Royal Navy) Dennis Stickland
D11 K905VDV Ford Transit dropside van Stagecoach Devon WHOTT
D12 641XUX AEC Matador Gun Tractor War Department (Army)? Gordon Fry


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
E1 PGW131 Bedford RL Green Goddess" fire tender John Tucker
E2   AEC/Harrington Scale Mode Ken Bryan
E3 KUL343D Bedford VAS Inner London Education Authority Joe Krawczyk
E4 832EPC Morris C8 War Department (Army) Sue & Andy Virgin


No Reg No Make Original Owner/Operator Entered by
X1 890ADV AEC Reliance 2MU3RV Devon General (Grey Cars) TCR890 Geoff Capper (for Cottons Coaches)
X2 VPH34S AEC Reliance 760 London Country RS34. (now a motorhome) Daren French
X3 NYC943 AEC Mammoth Major Mk 3 Wincanton Transport Norman Haines (Wincanton Group)
X4 AFX 790 AEC Mamouth Bath & Portland Stone Not Known
X5 LRL 318 AEC Matador J F Manley & Sons Not Known
X6 Not Known Not Known Recovery Vehcile Not Known


S1 WHOTT sales stand
S2 UK Transport Bookbargains
S3 Barry Field
S4 Gwent Diecast Club
S5 Devon General Society
S6 Arlington Collectables
S7 South West Bus Models
S8 Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group
S9 Peter Cousens
S10 Rex Rowe
S11 Mandys Must Haves
AFX 790 LRL 318 Not Known

Photographs of previous rallies


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