Epsom Coaches 95th Anniversary Open Day

Saturday the 20th of June 2015 heralded the long awaited 95th Anniversary Open Day at Epsom Coaches always  impressive premises situated on Roy Richmond Way on the outskirts of Epsom.

Well Over 4000 people from all parts of the UK came to enjoy the day and in true Epsom Coaches tradition the Open Day had something for everyone. The proceeds from the open day are all donated to charity, in this case The Epsom and Ewell community Fund which is a new charity of which Epsom Coaches were a founding donor, is set up to make donations on application to worthy causes in the borough. The day itself raised just short of £6,000 for the charity.

The collection of both modern and vintage coaches and cars was superb with everything from a 1909 Commer Car right through to the latest 2015 Mercedes Benz Tourismo Coach aptly named after the recent Epsom Derby winner “Golden Horn” ridden by the one and only Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden.

I managed to speak to the Managing Director Steve Whiteway who was delighted with the huge turnout of people “As well as raising funds for a very worthwhile Charity, the tremendous Team spirit shown by our staff and support from our suppliers confirms that once again, the “Epsom Spirit” is very much alive and appreciated by those we serve.”  I felt that both Roy Richmond and my dear father would perhaps be looking down from heaven with broad smiles on their faces.

I took a number of photo’s on the day which I hope you find interesting.

1951 Bedford SBG

As a mixture of both young and old wait to go into the Open Day the beautiful 1951 Bedford SBG stands in pride of place outside the entrance.

 "Golden Horn" Epsom’s first Euro 6 Mercedes Tourismo

The new kid on the block “Golden Horn” Epsom’s first Euro 6 Mercedes Tourismo that replaces the Setra’s as the cost of meeting Euro 6 Regulations lead to Setra withdrawing from the RHD market .

 

“Golden Horn

“Golden Horn“ already featuring the 95th anniversary logo.

95th anniversary logo

A close up shot of the beautiful 95th anniversary logo.

Euro 6 engine of the 2015 Mercedes Benz Tourismo

Complex and wonderfully efficient , the Euro 6 engine of the 2015 Mercedes Benz Tourismo. Rumour has it that these new engines cost £15,000 more to produce than their Euro 5 counterparts – The upside is much cleaner emissions and better fuel consumption.

1949 Leyland Comet

“I wonder what time the 1949 Leyland Comet is leaving for Ilfracombe??”

New Routemaster

The new Routemaster for London – another icon in the making??

1951 AEC Regal 3

A beautifully restored 1951 AEC Regal 3 in Surrey Motors livery.

a 1949 Leyland RTL & 1960 AEC Routemaster

Interesting Pair – a 1949 Leyland RTL stands next to the 1960 AEC Routemaster

teve Whiteway - Managing Director of Epsom Coaches

The legendary Steve Whiteway – Already planning the 2020 event with the support and backing of his 200 loyal staff!!

2006 Epsom Setra

Just another day at the office – another immaculate 2006 Epsom Setra pauses between operating  free shuttles that brought 2,500 visitors to the open day.

1951 Bedford SBG

Finally the crowds dispersed giving me the chance to get a final shot of the 1951 Bedford SBG – Beautiful!!

Written by John Flin – Managing Director of Coachholidays.com

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