UK Coach Rally Gears up for 2012

The UK Coach Rally has received 20 entries for the 2012 event and is set to expand with the launch of new Bus of the Year and Bus Driver of the year categories. The new categories have been included to reflect the fact that many coach operators are also involved in bus operations and their participation in the rally helps make it more representative of professionalism across the sector.

The Rally returns to the east of England showground In Peterborough where it has been held since 2012, with 2012 dates confirmed as April 21 and 22.

The company behind the rally, coach displays, has also been expanded with two new directors, Stephen Telling and John Cousins joining Ann and Paul Cousins on the board. One of the best known names in the coach industry, former CPT President Telling, has been a strong supporter of the event for a long time and involved behind the scenes and has now taken a stake in the business.

Telling said: “I am delighted to be part of the team behind the UK coach Rally. It has always been a very welcoming event which brings everyone together to celebrate the best of British coaching”.

Epsom Coaches has confirmed it will enter a coach in the 2012 rally, the first time the operator has entered since the early 1990’s when it was held in Southampton.

The 2012 Rally will be the 58th event – the first was held in Clacton in 1955. The 2012 event will include the regular mix of competitions – with gauntlet Risk Management again sponsoring the driving test area – static displays and trade stands as well as children’s entertainment and the popular Gala dinner on the Saturday evening.

Reference: Coach and Bus Week, December 14th 2011. Page 8.

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