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|This restored 1954 barndoor split screen isn't|
how you would imagine the average restoration
project to look like, but then again this isn't your
average split screen bus.
|When the bus came to the end of it's working life|
it was sent to a scrapyard where it spent the next
20 years until it was rescued in 2002.
|The owners wanted to get the bus back on the|
road but also keep it's identity. The grey paint
was carefully stripped off to reveal the original
red and yellow of Coca-Cola including the logo's.
|The interior is as it was apart from the addition|
of numerous age related Coca-Cola signage.
|The original Austrian logo on the front of this old|
barn door looks perfect and is 100% original.
This bus is believed to be the only remaining
Coca-Cola barndoor left in the world.
|This photo shows how the current owner found|
the bus, with a car sitting on it's roof in a scrap
yard where it had been sat for the last 20 years.
|This 1975 late bay looked stunning under the|
bright lights in the hall. The deep red coloured paint
sparkled and the contrasting black of the roof and
the bumpers set off the paint perfectly.
|The whitewall tyres on those 5 spoke wheels|
looked pure hot rod nostalgia. This really was a
nice straight and clean bus.
|You can see just how straight this bus is from this|
photo. Small touches like the all red rear light
lenses make all the difference and help to make
this bus stand out.
|Inside the bronze bay it had a bespoke wooden|
interior that was finished to a very high standard.
I did like the T.V. that looks as though it comes
out of a unit, and those small cupboards above
the side windows are a good idea.
|It was easy to see why this bus was inside the|
show and on display, the standard on this bus
was very high both inside and out.
|As if there wasn't already enough to keep the|
public occupied the organisers had also laid
on a couple of celebrities from the big screen.
Fans of the Transformers fim 'Revenge of the
fallen' will instantly recognise the autobot
|The bright yellow Chevrolet Camaro really was|
a hit, especially with the younger members of
the public. To be honest, I'm just glad it didn't
transform.. it would have caused chaos.!
|As if Bumblebee wasn't enough we also had|
the pleasure of seeing 'Lightning McQueen'
from the animated Pixar film 'Cars'.
|Based on a Chevrolet Corvette C6 and painted|
in that easily recognisable paint scheme made
me wish I was 10 years old again.
|I spotted this late bay with a huge commercial|
box body and my first thought was, that would
make a very spacious camper! I decided to go
and have a better look at this unique bay.
|You can see it works for living as it's starting|
to show signs of wear and tear, but overall
it looked solid.
|Walking round to the other side it all became|
apparent, this was used as a small business
to sell sweets from. Well if you need to convert
a van for a business what better vehicle than
an early bay!
|Just 2 of the display vehicles at the show that|
caught my eye. 2 minutes previous to taking
this photo, this area was swamped with people
I guess I just got lucky to get a clear photo.
|Upon leaving the venue to head home I spotted|
this 1971 Dormobile parked up in the car park.
This bus was 100% original inside and out and
looked in very good condition. If I remember
correctly this bus has only had 1 owner from new.
|This stock bus complete with the original Dormobile|
camping interior was up for sale, for around